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State Ag Directors Plead for COOL Repeal

Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt

COOL 4The National Association of State Department of Agriculture wants the Senate to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork. The association sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and ranking member Debbie Stabenow urging COOL repeal, according to the Hagstrom Report. NASDA President Greg Ibach, the Nebraska agriculture commissioner, wrote  it is imperative that COOL policy be implemented in a manner that ensures the U.S. maintains its obligations under negotiated international trade agreements and avoids retaliatory trade actions against U.S. agricultural products.”

The letter, sent earlier this week, says repeal is needed to bring the United States into compliance and avoid retaliatory trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico.

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