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Farmers Union delegates call for defense of COOL

OMAHA — Delegates to the National Farmers Union convention here today adopted special orders of business calling for continued defense of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling program in the World Trade Organization, as well as a number of farm bill provisions, including mandatory interstate shipment of meat products from state-inspected plants, reauthorization of nutrition programs at current or higher benefit levels, and inclusion of the NFU’s proposed market-driven inventory system.

A recent World Trade Organization decision found that part of the United States country-of-origin labeling program discriminated against Mexican and Canadian meat producers.

“The delegates were passionate about this issue and will refuse to accept the WTO’s recent decision without a fair fight,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

“We are proud of the work U.S. farmers and ranchers do to provide an abundant and high quality food supply,” Johnson said. “We urge the USTR to take action that will allow us to label food so that we can meet the demands of our customers.”

National Farmers Union Market-Driven Inventory System