Michael Smith Urges Congress to Repeal COOLMon, 30 Mar 2015 05:42:02 CDT
Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, held a public hearing to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the United States in response to its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork.
Agreeing with House Ag Chairman Michael Conaway was a witness representing the beef industry, Michael Smith with Harris Ranch from California. As you listen to this testimony you'll find he is not a fan of COOL. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays featured Smith on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to hear his testimony.
Smith told the Committee that COOL was a "solution looking for a problem" and was clearly and simply "bad public policy." Smith concluded that he sees no other fix for the current COOL rules other than totally repealing the law. You can hear Smith's comments provided to the Committee by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
At the end of the day, the bottomline from Smith and others was repeal COOL as soon as possible.
At the hearing- all the witnesses, except for Roger Johnson of the National Farmers Union, testified that it is highly likely that the World Trade Organization will rule against the US in our final appeal- and that retaliation by Canada and Mexico could begin very quickly after that decision is made public in Mid May
Smith's written testimony is available by clicking here.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
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