Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.
The following issues are important to the Committee on Agriculture and to Americans. The committee and its members are committed to addressing these issues.
First adopted in the 2002 Farm Bill, COOL has since been challenged in the World Trade Organization (WTO) by Canada and Mexico, main livestock exporters to the U.S., four times.
Many scientists and farmers are optimistic about the prospects of using advances in agricultural biotechnology to improve production, nutritional content, tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, and resistance to disease and pests.
The Farm Bill ensures that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to produce an abundant and affordable food and fiber supply is as important to our country as national defense.
To reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and ensure robust markets, customer protections, and a balanced approach to regulations impacting job creators.
The House Agriculture Committee is keeping an eye on the regulations that affect our producers.
The House Agriculture Committee is working to ensure that Dodd-Frank regulations are balanced and do not impose undue burdens on America's businesses.
The free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama are critical to revitalizing our economy and creating American jobs--particularly in rural areas.
The House Agriculture Committee is committed to shedding light on the events leading up to the bankruptcy and ensuring customers are made whole.
Recent action by the EPA is just the latest example of the EPA blindly following its radical environmental policies and ignoring its effects on American agriculture, America’s food security and the American economy.
Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas joined over 100 of his Republican colleagues in the House to cosponsor a disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 77) that would nullify the EPA’s endangerment finding.
The Committee on Agriculture is committed to ensuring food safety for all Americans.