• Senate Hearing on Possible COOL Retaliation

    Jun 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a hearing entitled "Country of Origin Labeling [COOL] and Trade Retaliation," to explore how the COOL rule effects U.S. producers, businesses, and consumers.
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  • Trade Promotion Authority Bill Lands on Obama's Desk

    Jun 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a stand-alone version of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that was approved by the House last week. The heavily Republican-favored bill passed with the help of 13 Democrats and is currently awaiting the President's signature to formally become law.
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  • Another Chance for TPA

    Jun 19, 2015
    Following what looked to be defeat during a complicated series of votes in Congress one week ago, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) looks back on track and could be sent to the president’s desk prior to the July 4 Congressional recess. The House passed stand-alone TPA legislation yesterday, and Senate leadership hopes to vote on the measure next week.
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  • Canada Requests Retaliation in COOL Case

    Jun 17, 2015
    Canada today reportedly asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for permission to retaliate against the United States because of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling regulation (COOL) on certain muscle cuts of meat. Press reports indicate that Canada’s request to impose almost $2.5 billion in additional tariffs on imports from the United States was immediately challenged by the U.S. representative at a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). This objection moved the dispute to an arbitration panel, which has up to 60 days to decide on the level of retaliation that Canada can apply.
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  • USA Rice and Coalition Urge COOL Reform

    Jun 10, 2015
    USA Rice joined 108 other agriculture and food businesses on a letter to Member of Congress today urging support for H.R. 2393, a bipartisan bill to reform the controversial Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations.
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  • House Agriculture Committee Looks at Global Subsidies

    Jun 05, 2015
    The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing this week to review and discuss the trade distorting impact of farm subsidies in other countries and whether these subsidies may result in violations of subsidy rules in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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  • US Rice Industry Weighs in on Impact of Trade with Cuba

    Jun 02, 2015
    Today the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) held a public hearing for their section 332 study entitled "Overview of Cuban Imports of Goods and Services and Effects of U.S. Restrictions." Terry Harris of Riceland Foods represented USA Rice on the first panel.
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