Legislation to repeal COOL is introduced

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The chair of the House Agriculture Committee has introduced legislation to repeal Country of Origin Labeling.  Chairman Mike Conaway says he was joined by 61 colleagues in introducing HR 2393to repeal COOL for beef, pork and chicken. The Texas Republican says with the WTO ruling against the COOL law on Monday, “retaliation by Canada and… Read more »

Grassley prefers COOL fix over repeal

The WTO’s ruling against Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) puts the issue back in the hands of Congress. While some are pushing for a quick repeal of the COOL law, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to take its time and consider the alternatives. “One would be a ‘North America’ label,” Grassley says.  “I… Read more »

No need to panic with COOL

The National Farmers Union is a staunch supporter of Country of Origin Labeling but they were not surprised when the World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. law on Monday.  NFU senior vice president of programs Chandler Ghoule says 96 percent of the countries sued through the WTO end-up losing the appeal.  Such was the… Read more »

WTO rejects COOL appeal

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected the United States’ final appeal on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The U.S. had appealed the WTO’s October 2014 ruling that the COOL law discriminates against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle.  The WTO decision paves the way for those countries to place tariffs on U.S. imports…. Read more »

TPA to get another chance

A deal has been reached to move forward with a vote on trade promotion authority.  The Washington Post reports an announcement from Senate leaders that they’ve agreed to consider fast track authority for President Obama. The plan includes provisions wanted by Democrats.  That includes separate legislation targeting China’s alleged currency manipulation to make its exports… Read more »

Anti-counterfeiting incorporated into BASF labels in China

An agriculture chemical company has developed a tool to protect its crop protection products in China from being counterfeited.  BASF China marketing manager Mark Shillingford tells Brownfield the technology is part of the product label with the appearance of being only a line drawn by a colored marking pen. “When you take that package out… Read more »

What next for TPA bill?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says there are other avenues for getting a Trade Promotion bill through Congress now that Senate Democrats have blocked debate on a fast track trade bill. NCBA’s Collin Woodall says they were “extremely disappointed” with Tuesday’s vote but this is not the end of TPA, “There are many more opportunities… Read more »

Trade Promotion Authority blocked in Senate

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Senate Democrats blocked legislation Tuesday that would have granted President Obama trade promotion authority. The Senate voted 52-45 – eight votes short – on a procedural motion to begin debating the TPA bill.  The granting of so-called fast track authority to the president is considered a key to moving the Trans Pacific Partnership and other trade deals… Read more »

Australian beef leads U.S. food imports

Australian beef is leading the increase in foreign ag and food imports into the United States.  USDA analyst Bryce Cooke says the strong U.S. economy and strong dollar have led to an increase of $4 Billion in imports in the first six months of this fiscal year over the first six months of the previous… Read more »

Vilsack and G-20 on food security priorities

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s pleased with the goals agreed upon with other Ag Ministers at the G-20 meeting in Turkey meant to strengthen food security throughout the world. One of the top priorities, the ag leaders agree, is reducing food waste. In the U.S. and other developed countries, Vilsack says the problem… Read more »