While the U.S. and Canada joust on issues like mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and cross-border trade, the need for protein around the world should forge closer ties in the future. National Pork Producers Council President R. C. Hunt talks with Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochrane.
An update on the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling law given last findings by the World Trade Organization Appellate Court. Where do we stand and what's next? Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochrane talks with Paragon Economics' Dr. Steve Meyers.
What are the USDA Food And Nutrition Programs?To many, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is just about agriculture. But it offers much more than that. The USDA offers services and support to many families that utilize the output of agriculture: food. In this FoodChat, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services, shares more about what is offered.
The World Trade Organization recently found the U.S. Country Of Origin Labeling law to not be fulfilling the stated objectives and impeding access to U.S. markets by our trading partners. With two perspectives of the issue today, we hear from Kansas State Extension Livestock Economist Glynn Tonsor and Canadian economist Kevin Grier.
Also, you'll want to stay on top of the GIPSA regulation conversation. NPPC Board Member Mark Legan shares his concerns and strongly encourages getting your thoughts in before the deadline of November 22, 2010.
Finally, we are hearing good things from the corn fields. And the hogs are happily eating away at this tasty new crop. Hope yours are too.
Canada recently provided testimony to the World Trade Organization on the U.S. Country Of Origin Labeling Law. Canada believes it's function transcends consumer information to limiting market access. Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape.ca talks with Florian Possberg.
According to the USDA talking points released yesterday (1/12/2009) regarding the final estimates for implementing country of origin labeling:
1. The first year implementation costs for directly affected firms is estimated to be 2.629 billion dollars.
2. Costs per firm are estimated to be $370 for each producer, $48,219 for intermediaries, and $254,685 for each retailer.
3. The estimated cost in higher food prices and reduced food production in the tenth year after implementation is 211.9 million dollars.
Now for the benefits expected:
"The expected benefits from the implementation of this rule are difficult to quantify. The Agency's conclusion remains unchanged, which is that the economic benefits will be small and will accrue mainly to those consumers who desire country of origin information."