Congress Seeks Positive Market-Access for U.S. Dairy

Jamie Johansen

The dairy industry praised the more than 75 House members who have urged the Obama Administration to negotiate a strong market-access outcome for the U.S. dairy industry in the Pacific Rim trade agreement. Led by the co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, the House members sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom …

Ag Group, Dairy, Export, Government, National Milk, Trade

Coalition Urges Administration to Stand Strong on COOL

Jamie Johansen

Members of a diverse coalition representing family farmers and ranchers and consumer and trade groups met with officials of the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative to urge the administration to stand strong to protect Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “As we await the World Trade Organization (WTO) process, which can be lengthy, we urge the White House to remain committed …

Ag Group, COOL, Trade

NFU Pleased with COOL Lawsuit Dismissal

Cindy Zimmerman

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson was pleased to see the U.S. District Court lawsuit on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dismissed on Monday. “This is a clear and indisputable win for American consumers and producers, and it’s a huge relief to know that common-sense labeling laws, like COOL, can prevail in court despite the deep pockets of the multinationals,” said …

COOL, Livestock, NFU, Trade

Animal Ag Groups Urge Quick Passage Of TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

A diverse group of agriculture and food organizations sent a letter to Congress this week urging swift passage of legislation renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The 70 groups, including poultry and livestock organizations, say TPA is necessary so that major trade deals can be finalized and implemented to help the U.S. economy. “Their ability to compete in global markets is …

Livestock, Policy, Poultry, Trade

Poultry Industry Supports TPA

Cindy Zimmerman

As U-S trade representative Michael Froman appeared before congressional committees this week to stress the need for the president to be granted Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), poultry producers were talking trade issues in Atlanta at the IPPE. USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) President Jim Sumner says TPA is critical to getting major trade agreements with Asia and Europe …

Audio, Export, IPPE, Poultry, Trade

Livestock and Poultry Groups Urge TPA Approval

Cindy Zimmerman

As trade negotiators meet again this week, livestock and poultry producers both are urging Congress to approve Trade Promotion Authority for the president to move forward with major trade agreements. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Bob McCan of Texas says TPA is important for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. “The governments of many of our competitors are actively engaged in …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Pork, Poultry, Trade

NFU Cites Study That Refutes Canadian COOL Arguments

Jamie Johansen

The National Farmers Union has shared a new study that refutes claims that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is hurting the Canadian cattle industry. According to the study, authored by Auburn University Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor C. Robert Taylor, it was “economic downturn” and other factors, not Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that caused recent decreased demand for cattle imports into …

Ag Group, COOL, International, Trade

Canada Cattlemen Comment on COOL

Jamie Johansen

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual convention in mid-January as part of its ongoing lobbying efforts related to U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The CCA is making sure that U.S. farmers, ranchers and legislators understand that Canada is serious about imposing tariffs on a wide variety of U.S. agriculture and processed …

AFBF, Ag Group, Cattle, COOL, International, Trade

COOL Coalition Calls for Immediate Action

Jamie Johansen

As part of the COOL Reform Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has signed onto a letter to Congress asking for immediate action to assure U.S. compliance with international trade obligations. The coalition is comprised of a diverse group of association and companies that represent U.S. food, agriculture and manufacturing industries, each having a great stake in potential trade retaliation. “Canada …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, NCBA, Trade

Reaction to Chinese Ban on U.S. Poultry Imports

Cindy Zimmerman

China this week banned imports of U.S. poultry and eggs following the detection of avian flu in wild birds in the Pacific Northwest. “That’s overkill,” said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman in reaction. “It’s beyond the pale and we think they should be held to task and I’m hoping our government can convince China that they have over …

AFBF, Audio, International, Poultry, Trade