COOL Update at World Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) provided an update on mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) during World Pork Expo this week. “We’re very concerned that if the current rule later this summer is ruled out of compliance by the WTO, the Canadians and Mexicans will then have a right to retaliate,” said NPPC Vice President John Weber of Iowa, …

Animal Agriculture, Audio, Pork, Trade, World Pork Expo

Innovation Galore At World Pork Expo

Joanna Schroeder

Each year people from around the world come to World Pork Expo (WPX) and ask the question: what new things will I find there? So I asked Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producer Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and Iowa pork producer, that question and his answer: a lot. A few highlights he mentioned included all the press conferences and seminars …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

Pork Urges Trade Deal Without Japan

Cindy Zimmerman

Pending trade deals, particularly the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be among the topics on the plate – along with lots of barbequed pork! – at the World Pork Expo this week. Just last week, the National Pork Producers Council joined with dairy, wheat and rice organizations in calling on the Obama administration to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations …

Ag Group, Audio, Pork, Trade, World Pork Expo

Grassley and Ag Reject Japan’s TPP Offer

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) took time between votes today to join with several agricultural organizations and voice strong opposition to Japan’s negotiating position in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership to exclude a number of agricultural products as part of a final agreement. “Japan seems to believe that they’re entitled to keep five sacred agriculture products off the table,” said Grassley, who …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA, Pork, Trade, Wheat

North American Meat Unhappy With Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the North American Meat Association (NAMA) here at the International Production and Processing Expo are disappointed to see that Congress is likely to pass a farm bill this week with no changes to the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law being challenged in the World Trade Organization by Mexico and Canada. “It needs to be fixed and Congress …

Ag Group, Audio, Government, IPPE, Meat, Trade

Farm Bill Could Draw Trade Retaliation

Cindy Zimmerman

Livestock organizations and food associations are concerned that their members will face economic harm because the farm bill out of conference committee this week makes no changes to the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling law (COOL). Canada and Mexico filed a complaint over the law with the World Trade Organization, which is expected to rule on it next month. If …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Trade

Argentina’s Export Tariffs

Cindy Zimmerman

During the IFAJ Congress, I was very surprised to learn that Argentina has export tariffs on a number of agricultural commodities, including corn and soybeans. I understand import tariffs, but export tariffs would seem to do nothing but hurt a country’s agricultural industry. “Argentina has export taxes on almost every product that we export, but in the case of grain …

Audio, Farming, IFAJ, International, Markets, Trade

Selling House Water Bill on Social Media

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is using social media to promote the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) introduced last week by the committee. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) narrates a whiteboard-doodled YouTube video on why the legislation to improve our nation’s waterway infrastructure “matters to every American, the Nation’s economy, jobs, and our …

Government, Trade, Video

Farm Foundation Leads Talk on Trade

John Davis

As the United States and the European Union open negotiations on trade, our friends at Farm Foundation will be hosting a forum on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The session, next Wednesday, July 17th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., will focus on food and ag issues, especially tariffs, tariff-rated quotas and non-tariff barriers across multiple …

Farm Foundation, International, Trade

Corn Growers Provide Trade Negotiation Advice

Cindy Zimmerman

During a House Committee on Small Business hearing this week in Washington, National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson provided policy recommendations for the U.S. Trade Representative on growing export opportunities, particularly the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). “Agricultural producers succeed when industry and government work side-by-side,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said during …

Audio, Government, NCGA, Trade