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WTO PROGRESS

Some U.S. farmers used to refer to the World Trade Organization’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as “the general agreement to talk and talk.” WTO-member countries wrapped up its first-ever ministerial conference in Africa yesterday with a commitment to abolish export subsidies for farm exports. You can find more information on… read more

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COOL RETALIATION

Canada and Mexico today will request from the World Trade Organization authorization to impose more than $3 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for Washington’s failure to bring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law into compliance with trade laws.

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COOL RETALIATION

Canada and Mexico are seeking the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to impose just over $3 billion in tariffs against U.S. exports in retaliation for losses they claim to have suffered because of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements.

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TPA UPDATE

The Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority before heading into Memorial Day recess, capping off a tumultuous week that also included committee action in the House and Senate ag panels and a final ruling from the World Trade Organization on a country-of-origin labeling law.

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COOL RETALIATION

Mexico said it would decide within about 15 days what sanctions to impose on U.S. meat products if the U.S. Congress does not comply with a World Trade Organization ruling on labeling on Thursday.

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COOL REPEAL

The House Agriculture Committee will vote Wednesday on repeal of the U.S. law that requires cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb to carry labels that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Chairman Michael Conaway, committed to repeal, called the meeting in the wake of a World Trade Organization ruling that the… read more

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WEEK AHEAD

Trade issues will dominate the attention of farm-state lawmakers as the World Trade Organization has ruled against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law. The Canadian ag minister has reportedly already asked the WTO to allow it to use retaliatory measures. Also, the Senate resumes debate on its fast-track trade bill.

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MEAT LABELING

A lawyer specializing in international trade law says any further U.S. action seeking to bring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat into compliance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) would simply postpone an already likely outcome – such labeling is considered protectionism.

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COOL APPEAL

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN on Monday that the Obama administration likely won’t appeal the World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. meat labeling until sometime in January.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

The National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association were joined by an environmental group and a trade watchdog in calling for the U.S. to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that said provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule violated international trade regulations.

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