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Country 105

Agriculture Report

More Debate Over COOL Laws

By Manny Paiva

The U-S hopes WTO panel will overturn previous rulings against COOL laws.

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The U-S is making its case again for Country of Origin Labelling laws.

Officials from the U-S appeared before the W-T-O's Appellate Body this week in Geneva.

The U-S is hoping the panel will overturn previous rulings against COOL by the World Trade Organization.

Canadian and Mexican officials were also at the meeting.

If the U-S loses the appeal, Canada would be in a position to launch retaliatory tariffs.

John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says they expect the panel's written decision to be released to all parties in late April.


Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the Crop Logistics Working Group has received a renewed mandate to bring together agriculture sector experts to provide advice on how to improve the grain handling and transportation system.

The working group will be chaired by Murdoch MacKay and will include representation from across the agriculture sector.

Ritz says the renewal of the working group is in keeping with their commitment to allow the industry to discuss the improvements needed throughout the supply chain.

Ritz says Canada's crop industry is a vital part of the Canadian economy.


Organizers say interest is growing for the 2015 Livestock Care Conference, to be held in Calgary at the end of March.

Kristen Hall of Alberta Farm Animal Care says one of the keynote speakers will be Brent Moen -- the Chair of the Western Hog Exchange.

He will speak on welfare issues in the pork industry.

Doctor Cody Creelman will also talk about using social media in the industry.

Hall says the public is becoming more aware of how their food is raised and want to know more about how animals are raised.



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