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

Dairy Groups Share Support of US Ag Coalition for Cuba

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined other food and agricultural organizations in support of additional changes in U.S. policy to facilitate U.S. dairy exports to Cuba and permit open travel for all Americans to that nation. The dairy organizations are members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, International, Trade

Dairy Industry Urges Negotiators to Prioritize TPP

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. dairy industry advised top U.S. government agricultural trade negotiators that their efforts on any final Pacific Rim free trade agreement must put access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors first, and avoid pressure from other countries to regionalize all new market access opportunities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the …

Ag Group, Dairy, Government, Trade

Secretary Vilsack Addresses Animal Ag Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed a number of topics at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention, including the proposed second beef checkoff. The Secretary was asked why he is proposing the additional checkoff to be implemented by the end of next year. “This is about getting more money into the system,” Vilsack said. “If you can get …

Audio, Beef Checkoff, farm programs, NAFB, Trade, usda

COOL Reform Coalition Asks Congress to Repeal Rule

John Davis

The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Reform Coalition is asking Congress to repeal the existing U.S. Mandatory COOL rule for muscle cuts of meat. In a letter sent by the group’s 109 stakeholders, the signers say they are gravely concerned about the negative impact the rule will have on the U.S. economy. On October 20, 2014, a World Trade Organization …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Government, International, Trade

Dairy Group wants Japan's Import System Replaced

John Davis

A group representing American dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers says that Japan’s import system is a “potential Achilles heel” in trade negotiations. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Ag Group, Dairy, Dairy Group, idfa, International, Trade

WTO Decision Rules Against COOL

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States’ Country of Origin labeling (COOL) is still not cool with the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the compliance panel report released today, the WTO found that “the amended COOL measure violates Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement because it accords to Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourable treatment than that accorded to like US livestock.” In particular, …

Ag Group, Beef, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Trade