Ruling on COOL Expected this Summer

The World Trade Organization Appellate Body should have an answer regarding U.S. Country of Origin Labeling as it applies to imported livestock – specifically Canadian hogs and beef cattle – this summer. The hearing on the U.S. appeal is complete. An Alberta pork producer believes the Government of Canada team effectively argued that the law is a protectionist measure. Andrew Dickson – Manitoba Pork Council General Manager – says it was also effectively argued that COOL labeling requirements have seriously harmed and continue to harm Canadian exports of cattle and hogs to the U.S. The Appellate Body must now consider the record evidence and arguments – with its conclusion expected toward the end of June. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.