Jolley: Five Minutes with the "Not Cool" Farm Bill
Dave Warner, speaking for the National Pork Council:
"We had to ask for a fix. Because it wasn't in the farm bill, we're going to ask for a full repeal."
Michael Martin, Cargill spokesman:
"(Faced with) the prospect of two billion dollars in retaliatory tariffs from America's NAFTA partners to the North and South, we believe Congress should revisit this issue."
John Masswhol, Director of Government & International Relations, Canadian Cattlemen's Association:
"I genuinely believed they were going to fix it. I think that makes the disappointment that much worse."
Gerry Ritz, Canadian Agricultural Minister:
"Our government continues to stand with our industry and we remain steadfast in taking whatever steps may be necessary, including retaliation, to achieve a fair resolution."
Barry Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer, North American Meat Association:
(We are) extremely concerned that Congress has refused to resolve these critical issues. Without these provisions, we are forced to aggressively oppose the Farm Bill. This failure to address COOL also makes it imperative that the U.S. government push the WTO to expedite the process in order to provide the certainty necessary for the industry to move forward."
Bill Bullard, Chief Executive Officer, R-CALF USA:
“Marketplace competition can no longer occur without COOL. In this global market, more imports from more countries are entering the U.S. each year and foreign meatpackers are trying to capture market share away from U.S. family farmers and ranchers. COOL allows U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers to highlight their product to U.S. consumers whom we believe will choose our exclusively U.S. produced product if they can identify it in the market. That’s what this fight is all about: farmer and ranchers want competition while the meatpackers and their allies want to control the market.”