Suffering Losses & COOL Repeal
Country of Origin Labeling is under question and what may seem like a good idea to some could wind up a terrible one to others. If the U.S. stands by their decision the ag community could face stiff tariffs from both Canada and Mexico. In May, Congressman Dan Newhouse cosponsored H.R. 2393 to repeal mandatory COOL requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products.
NEWHOUSE: The recognition that the current Country of Origin Labeling that we have in place has been challenged four times at the World Trade Organization and we have lost four times and so with that both Canada and Mexico are being authorized to pursue retaliatory measures and so there was a recognition here by Congress that the time was now to act to repeal COOL in order to avoid those kind of retaliatory measure that would have such negative impact on our ag economy.
The cherry crop in Idaho's Gem County will be a short one as orchardists are not expecting to see much fruit come off the trees after snow in November and a freeze in April killed trees and wiped out most of the crop. While some trees are just not bearing any fruit this year many just plain died and will need to be replaced. The Emmett Cherry Festival will start next Wednesday, June 17 and while there will be some cherries there it won't be the same as in previous years.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.