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Senator Thune Questions Trade Rep. Nominee on Country of Origin Labeling

Not only were we happy to lobby in favor of the COOL resolution, SCR 604, in this year’s SD Legislature, we are already seeing that brought to the attention of folks in D.C. That resolution recently passed unanimously in both chambers of the SD Legislature, and now our U.S. Senators are taking that statement to Washington. Please Click HERE to View Senator Thune’s questioning of President Biden’s Trade Representative Nominee Katherine Tai at a recent Finance Committee hearing.

SD Legislature Approves COOL Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

2/19/2021

Pierre, SD

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association is proud to report Senate Concurrent Resolution 604, “A Resolution to Support Trade Negotiations to Remove Barriers to Country of Origin Labeling” has unanimously passed both chambers of the 96th South Dakota Legislature.

“We would like to thank State Senator Gary Cammack of District 29 for working with us on this issue and for being the prime sponsor of the resolution.” Said SDSGA President Scott Edoff. This resolution updated a similar resolution from previous sessions to be more pertinent to the current and future U.S. Administrations. 

“Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling has been, and will continue to be, one of our top priorities.” Said SDSGA Executive Director James Halverson. “We will continue to lead the fight for this common-sense legislation that stands to benefit producers and consumers alike. People have a right to know where their food comes from and right now that is not happening.” He added.

“I appreciate Senator Cammack’s leadership on this important issue and thank all of the sponsors. Once again, I’m happy to deliver this message to the President.” Commented U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) “Based on what we’re seeing in the cattle market today – I support Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef. As policy makers, we should support American producers and join in urging the Biden Administration to renegotiate trade deals that have put American beef and producers at a competitive disadvantage. Additionally, American consumers have a right to know where their food is coming from. It’s imperative that we keep pushing this issue.” He added.