NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a … Read More

NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

NFU Urges Administration to Keep COOL as a Priority for Trade Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2017 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a … Read More

The End of COOL

By Roger Johnson, president, National Farmers Union Dating back to 1984, National Farmers Union (NFU) policy has supported country of origin labeling (COOL). Our producers have always known that they raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store … Read More

NFU Deeply Frustrated, Angry With Possible COOL Repeal Notes Language Goes Beyond WTO Dispute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 16, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the organization was deeply frustrated and angered by language that would repeal the popular Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law for not only muscle cuts of beef and pork, but extending to trade-compliant … Read More

NFU Deeply Frustrated, Angry With Possible COOL Repeal Notes Language Goes Beyond WTO Dispute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 16, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the organization was deeply frustrated and angered by language that would repeal the popular Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law for not only muscle cuts of beef and pork, but extending to trade-compliant … Read More

NFU Denounces WTO COOL Arbitration Process, Calling It Inefficient and Ineffective;  Says Voluntary COOL is Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 7, 2015) – National Farmer Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today denounced finding by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law warrants $1.01 billion in retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico, calling the process “inefficient and ineffective,” … Read More

NFU Denounces WTO COOL Arbitration Process, Calling It Inefficient and Ineffective;  Says Voluntary COOL is Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (December 7, 2015) – National Farmer Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today denounced finding by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law warrants $1.01 billion in retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico, calling the process “inefficient and ineffective,” … Read More

NFU Urges Nation’s Ag Leaders, Organizations to Support Voluntary COOL as Easiest, Best Option to Resolve WTO Trade Dispute Quickly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 20, 2015) – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to a recent letter from dairy industry organizations to the U.S. Senate on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), offering Voluntary COOL as the best option available: “The Hoeven-Stabenow compromise … Read More

NFU Urges Nation’s Ag Leaders, Organizations to Support Voluntary COOL as Easiest, Best Option to Resolve WTO Trade Dispute Quickly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (October 20, 2015) – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to a recent letter from dairy industry organizations to the U.S. Senate on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), offering Voluntary COOL as the best option available: “The Hoeven-Stabenow compromise … Read More

NFU: WTO Retaliation Threats for COOL “Tremendously Overstated;” Hoeven-Stabenow Amendment Is the Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 6, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson assured key leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee that recent estimates by the Chamber of Commerce and others regarding the retaliatory tariffs submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) were way off … Read More

NFU: WTO Retaliation Threats for COOL “Tremendously Overstated;” Hoeven-Stabenow Amendment Is the Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (August 6, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson assured key leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee that recent estimates by the Chamber of Commerce and others regarding the retaliatory tariffs submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) were way off … Read More

NFU Guest Opinion: The Hoeven-Stabenow COOL Compromise Is The Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 28, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson explains in a recent Agri-Pulse guest column that, fortunately for all parties involved in the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sens. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and a bipartisan group of … Read More

NFU Guest Opinion: The Hoeven-Stabenow COOL Compromise Is The Only Path Forward for Food Labeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 28, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson explains in a recent Agri-Pulse guest column that, fortunately for all parties involved in the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sens. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and a bipartisan group of … Read More

The COOL Compromise

Quick Links The Issue Consumers want to know where their food comes from and American producers want to tell them. That’s why in 2008, Congress passed Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), which says muscle cuts of meat, and fruits and vegetables, must be labeled with the country’s name where they were produced. COOL has been challenged at the … Read More

NFU Calls Senate Bipartisan COOL Compromise “Only Viable Path Forward for Food Labeling,” Thanks Senators for Fighting for Consumers, Family Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 23, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called the introduction of today’s bipartisan compromise on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) the only path forward for food labeling and thanked Senators Stabenow, D-Michigan, Hoeven, R- North Dakota, and the other bill cosponsors … Read More

NFU Calls Senate Bipartisan COOL Compromise “Only Viable Path Forward for Food Labeling,” Thanks Senators for Fighting for Consumers, Family Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 23, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called the introduction of today’s bipartisan compromise on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) the only path forward for food labeling and thanked Senators Stabenow, D-Michigan, Hoeven, R- North Dakota, and the other bill cosponsors … Read More

NFU Expresses Gratitude to Senate Ag Leaders for Exploring the Path Forward for COOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 15, 2015) – The following statement was issued by National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson expressing gratitude for Senate Agriculture Committee leaders’ determination to working towards a resolution for difficulties facing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “We are grateful that key leaders on the … Read More

NFU Expresses Gratitude to Senate Ag Leaders for Exploring the Path Forward for COOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (July 15, 2015) – The following statement was issued by National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson expressing gratitude for Senate Agriculture Committee leaders’ determination to working towards a resolution for difficulties facing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). “We are grateful that key leaders on the … Read More

NFU Calls Rhetoric to Repeal COOL in Senate Hearing “Overkill;” Urges Senate to Not “Kowtow to Canadian Rhetoric” but Rather Find a Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called rhetoric aimed at repealing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), in today’s Senate hearing “overkill,” and pointed out that viable options remain on the table that would allow the U.S. to keep its popular … Read More

NFU Calls Rhetoric to Repeal COOL in Senate Hearing “Overkill;” Urges Senate to Not “Kowtow to Canadian Rhetoric” but Rather Find a Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called rhetoric aimed at repealing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), in today’s Senate hearing “overkill,” and pointed out that viable options remain on the table that would allow the U.S. to keep its popular … Read More

NFU Applauds Sen. Stabenow for Working Towards a Solution on COOL

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) for her efforts to advance the stalemate on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) with the release of her draft bill that would make COOL voluntary for beef and pork. “NFU has always fought for and deeply believes … Read More

NFU Applauds Sen. Stabenow for Working Towards a Solution on COOL

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) for her efforts to advance the stalemate on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) with the release of her draft bill that would make COOL voluntary for beef and pork. “NFU has always fought for and deeply believes … Read More

NFU Calls Vote to Repeal COOL in House “Disappointing, Knee-Jerk Overreaction;” Assures Senate There Remains a Viable Path Forward to Save The Law, Satisfy WTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 10, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called today’s voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) a “disappointing, knee-jerk overreaction” and urged the U.S. Senate to continue its thoughtful handling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) … Read More

NFU Calls Vote to Repeal COOL in House “Disappointing, Knee-Jerk Overreaction;” Assures Senate There Remains a Viable Path Forward to Save The Law, Satisfy WTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome@nfudc.org WASHINGTON (June 10, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called today’s voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) a “disappointing, knee-jerk overreaction” and urged the U.S. Senate to continue its thoughtful handling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) … Read More