AG/FDA Blog

Trade is Key for Agriculture

By Senator Bob Dole and Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Perhaps no sector of the American economy is more dependent on trade than agriculture. It is the life blood of the heartland supporting over 15 million jobs throughout the United Stat… Read More
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NAFTA Renegotiation: What’s At Stake?

President Trump has made re-evaluating our approach to international trade a centerpiece of his economic agenda.  In addition to putting what appears to be the final nail in the coffin of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled his i… Read More
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Beef and Pork are Now Un-COOL, and That’s a Good Thing

America’s meat industry and our trading partners engaged in a collective sigh of relief on Friday. Prior to embarking on his annual Christmas retreat to Hawaii, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. Tucked into t… Read More
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John Block: Repeal COOL

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block The World Trade Organization ruled this week that Canada and Mexico can impose retaliatory tariffs on our exports to their countries to the tune of more than 1 billion dollars per year. This is serious. It can… Read More
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John Block: “COOL” Isn’t Cool

By John R. Block As a farmer, we understand that if you have something that doesn’t work, you fix it. It will just cost you money if you ignore the problem. Somehow, the federal government doesn’t seem to understand that common sense fact. The C… Read More
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Canada, Mexico Think U.S. Labeling Requirements are un-COOL

The United States has irked its neighbors with a meat labeling mandate that may have the effect of discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock.  The Canadian and Mexican governments believe that USDA’s new mandatory Country-of-Origin-Lab… Read More
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