WTO extends deadline on COOL ruling

The World Trade Organization is giving the United States, Canada and Mexico two more months to decide whether to appeal its November ruling that U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling laws unfairly hurt agricultural commerce. FULL STORY »

Rural transport issues hot in the spotlight

Improving farm-related safety is getting a lot of attention these days. There’s the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent proposal addressing child labor laws on farms. Recently, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to improve safety on rural roads. FULL STORY »

House Subcommittee investigates TPP trade prospects

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Asia-Pacific trade agreement was the topic of a recent hearing by a House subcommittee, and is expected to generate more attention in 2012. FULL STORY »

Clarifying the GIPSA rule implementation

It’s been one week since USDA filed the final version of the GIPSA rule and there remains some confusion regarding what lies ahead. With the rule being published in the Dec. 5 Federal Register it will go into effect 60 days later. FULL STORY »

Animal Traceability Rule comments end; awaiting the next step

USDA’s comment period for the proposed national livestock identification program came to a close on Dec. 9. NPPC supports a mandatory traceability program and submitted comments on behalf of the Swine Identification Implementation Task Force. FULL STORY »

Scholarships for outstanding pork industry youth

The National Pork Producers Council is rolling out the application process for the 2012 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program, designed to recognize outstanding youth in the pork community, with an emphasis on talented and thoughtful students who may emerge as industry leaders someday. FULL STORY »

U.S. House passes a 3-bill appropriations package

The U.S. House, late on Thursday, passed a three-bill appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2012. Known as the “minibus,” H.R. 2112 provides money for the Agriculture Department, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. FULL STORY »

Tallying 25 years of NPB and National Pork Checkoff

While pork producers first organized in the 1940s under the umbrella of the National Swine Growers Council, the producer efforts and priorities have grown dramatically and become increasingly diverse over the years. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Traceability is like a bad penny

Animal identification is like a bad penny, it just keeps coming back around. But unlike that penny, animal ID/traceback is becoming increasingly valuable in the marketplace and not having an all-inclusive program is becoming increasingly risky. FULL STORY »

USDA redesigns and submits GIPSA rule

USDA has scaled down its proposed GIPSA rule and sent it on to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB is the last step in the rulemaking process before a rule is finalized. FULL STORY »

KORUS FTA still in limbo

There’s still nervous tension surrounding the South Korea/U.S. (or KORUS) free-trade agreement. While the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration both finally signed off on the aging FTA, now South Korean lawmakers are balking at the effort. FULL STORY »

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