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OFW Law’s MMXIII in Retrospect

As MMXIV starts, it’s time for a retrospective look at MMXIII.  What follows is a list of noteworthy events from MMXIII in our food, drug, medical device, and agriculture corner of the universe, focusing on matters that were of particular interes… Read More
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10 Ag-Related Items to Watch in 2014

By John G. Dillard, as published on his AgWeb.com Blog – Ag in the Courtroom With 2013 nearly in the books and the holiday season nearly behind us, its time to prepare for the challenges that face us in the coming year. While I am no expert on f… Read More
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John Block: What’s In The Farm Bill?

The obvious issues in the farm bill are nutrition programs, crop insurance, and farm safety net supports. However, there are some important sections in the bill that could be almost as important that don’t get much attention. The first one deals wi… Read More
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Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling: A Short-Sighted, Protectionist Scheme

November 23rd was a significant date for the livestock and meat industry. After more than a decade of lobbying, litigating, and haranguing, all fresh cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken sold in retail establishments must bear a label stating the cou… Read More
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John Block: Farm Bill Conflict

We don’t have a budget yet. We don’t have a farm bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) hopes to have a draft bill by week’s end. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Ag Committee Chair, acknowledges there are a lot of differences to be… Read More
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Upcoming Webinar on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (CLE Credit Opportunity)

The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a webinar on USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling rule for meat sold in retail establishments. The webinar, “COOL or Not-So-COOL: An Overview and Discussion of Country of Origin Labeling,” will take… Read More
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Former Secretary Block Comments on Farm Bill

Will we get a farm bill or won’t we get a farm bill? No one knows at this point. There are still a number of unanswered questions. The biggest fight is over how much to cut the spending on food stamps. We have 50 million people receiving food stamp… Read More
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Livestock & Meat Groups Want COOL Relief Pending WTO Review

On Monday, a group of trade associations representing the spectrum of America’s beef and pork production system issued an urgent plea to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Froman. The coalition w… Read More
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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop New COOL Rule

Opponents of USDA’s new mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (mCOOL) rule received a setback this morning.  A federal judge denied the mCOOL opponents request for a preliminary injunction, which would have halted implementation of the new lab… 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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