Bills could help Nebraska community gardens, seed libraries

Bills could help Nebraska community gardens, seed libraries


The Nebraska local food movement, championed as a bridge between the state’s agricultural and urban sectors, needs to be promoted and protected from overregulation, community gardeners told senators Tuesday.

A legislative committee heard public testimony on a bill by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha that would allow cities, states and counties to designate vacant city land for community gardens.

“This is an opportunity for city people to start getting engaged in the food production process so they begin to get an appreciation of how complicated agriculture is,” said Nebraskans for Peace state coordinator Tim Rinne. “This is our opportunity to start pulling our weight in the food production system.”

Community gardens currently sit on private property, primarily land owned by churches. The bill designates a task force to explore ways to repurpose open lots such as public-school grounds or right of ways purchased by the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Advocates, such as the Douglas County Nebraska Farmers Union and Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, said they promote community gardens making agriculture and whole-food nutrition accessible to low-income families.

The bill would also exempt free seed exchanges, or seed libraries, from regulations that apply to commercial seed operations. Seed libraries have gained attention as an informal mechanism for sharing seeds among gardeners.

Elizabeth Goodman, who coordinates three different branches of seed libraries in Omaha, said they promote seeds adapted to the community soil and conditions, which is important to the nutrition and longevity of the produce.

David Mixdorf of South Sioux City, said seed libraries work just like book libraries. People can check out seeds and return them at the end of the growing season.

As the exchanges have gained national popularity, members have begun to worry that state agriculture departments will interfere. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture effectively shut down a 10-year-old seed library in June of last year by enforcing the commercial requirement that seeds be labeled and tested in 400-seed batches. Harr’s bill would exclude seed libraries from regulations in the Nebraska Seed Law.

The committee also heard testimony on a measure by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha that would allow for potentially non-hazardous foods such as fresh produce, baked goods and jams to be prepared in personal kitchens and sold on a small scale. Such products already are legal to sell at farmers markets.

Phillip Seng, who owns gluten-free baking business P.S. It’s Gluten Free LLC, said he has a loyal customer base at farmers markets for six months of the year, but does not have the funds to build a commercial gluten-free kitchen to legally distribute his product during the off season.

Kathy Siefken, executive director of the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association, testified against the bill, saying consumers should know if their food is being prepared on surfaces where dogs, kids or diapers had previously been.

The committee took no action on the bills.

2015 NFU College Conference on Cooperatives a Success

Feb. 24, 2015

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106

2015 NFU College Conference on Cooperatives a Success

MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2015) – More than 150 attendees from 25 states and Puerto Rico participated in the 2015 National Farmers Union (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the weekend. The participants learned how cooperative businesses are adapting to changing environments and heard from cooperative experts from across the nation on why member-owned businesses are thriving in industries ranging from senior housing to healthcare.

“This is an opportunity for the cooperative community to teach young people about cooperative business principles and to show them that there are great careers in these dynamic, ethical and community-minded businesses,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

To bring cooperative education to life, students toured housing, retail, and marketing cooperatives in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They also visited the headquarters of CHS Inc., the nation’s largest agricultural cooperative, and the Mill City Museum, built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. Students heard from cooperative leaders, farmers and government experts who explained current challenges they face.

Presenters ranged from members, directors, employees and managers of traditional and value-added agricultural cooperatives to representatives of housing and worker-owned co-ops, as well as consumer cooperatives such as REI and natural foods co-ops. These professionals offered insights on cooperative development here and abroad.

“Farmers Union remains true to its roots of both being an advocate for cooperative businesses and offering education programs,” said Johnson. “Our own history is very closely tied with the cooperative movement. Cooperatives were made possible by legislative activity and organized by farmers and ranchers to strengthen the economic opportunities in rural and urban communities. Farmers Union has a strong commitment to providing cooperative education not only to our own members, but also to the general public, and especially to young people, many of whom are just learning about the cooperative way of doing business.”

The conference was organized by National Farmers Union and sponsored by the CHS Foundation, CoBank, Farmers Union Industries Foundation, NFU Foundation, The Cooperative Foundation, CHS Inc., Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation, Federated Youth Foundation and Organic Valley.

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National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

NeFU Disappointed with NE Supreme Court Ruling

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact:      John Hansen 402-476-8815

January 9, 2015

Nebraska Farmers Union Disappointed With Nebraska Supreme Court’s Failure to Decide the Constitutional Merits of Lawsuit


Lincoln, NE.  Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) issued the following statement relative to the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Decision on the constitutionality of LB1161:


“The state of Nebraska, especially directly impacted Nebraska landowners deserved a definitive answer from the Nebraska Supreme Court as to whether or not LB1161 is constitutional.  They did not get that answer today.  While the District Court and a majority of four of the Supreme Court Justices found LB1161 to be unconstitutional, three judges did not rule on constitutional merits because of standing issues, so the constitutionally suspect LB1161 siting and routing process remains in place.”


Our state and our impacted landowners deserve a constitutional process to site and route oil pipelines.  LB1161 was drafted by TransCanada, was passed at the behest of TransCanada, was passed for the exclusive benefit and advantage of TransCanada, and is special use legislation at its worst.  Our state already has a sound siting and routing process on the books passed in the Special Session and signed by the Governor that uses the normal process for siting and routing our state uses for the siting and routing of all other pipelines.  That clearly constitutional process is the process TransCanada should be forced to use.

“If standing was the reason three Supreme Court Justices did not rule on the constitutionality of LB1161 in this case, standing will not be the issue when TransCanada uses eminent domain against a landowner unwilling to voluntarily sign an easement, and that case is appealed.  While it is encouraging that the District Court and a majority of the Supreme Court Justices agreed with the constitutional questions NeFU raised during the passage of LB1161, NeFU is deeply disappointed that the constitutional merits of LB1161 could not have been resolved today.  It appears to us the Supreme Court kicked the can down the road instead of resolving the issue in advance, which continues to put our impacted landowners in harm’s way.  Unfortunately, a constitutionally suspect process for siting oil pipelines remains in place.”


Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 5,671 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities.  Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.

Nebraska Farmers Union Deeply Disappointed in Lincoln Electric System Decision to Buy Kansas Wind Energy

For Immediate Release       Contact: John Hansen 402-476-8815
December 19, 2014                  

Nebraska Farmers Union Deeply Disappointed in Lincoln Electric System Decision to Buy Kansas Wind Energy

LINCOLN (December 19, 2014) – Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) was very pleased to learn Friday that the Lincoln Electric System (LES) has agreed to purchase 5 megawatts of solar energy, and 173 megawatts of wind energy. “These purchases allow LES to lock in low cost electrical power costs for 20 years without any future regulatory costs or restrictions from either carbon emissions or water use. That is the good news” said John Hansen, President of NeFU.

While NeFU was extremely pleased that LES was diversifying its electrical generation portfolio in an economically and environmentally responsible way, they were also deeply disappointed to find out that 100 megawatts of the wind energy purchased was coming from Kansas.

“LES is a wholly owned public power utility by the city of Lincoln, and a member of the Nebraska public power system. The mayor appoints the LES Board of Directors. The Lincoln city council approves the LES budget. The mayor of Lincoln has veto power over certain LES decisions, including major purchases. LES seems unaware of the fact they are a member of the Nebraska public power team, and that Nebraska is a 100% public power state. LES benefits from being a part of the public power system in our state. Buying 100 MWs of wind power in Oklahoma and now an additional 100 MWs of wind power from Kansas does nothing to help strengthen or grow the capacity of Nebraska’s public power system, or our state’s wind resources capacity,” said John Hansen.

Hansen pointed out that his organization helped play a pivotal role in the development of Nebraska’s unique public power system. “NeFU is public power’s longest standing and most ardent advocate and supporter. When a member of the Nebraska public power team chooses to help grow the tax base, provide local property tax relief, provide new good paying jobs, provide for construction jobs, and provide local landowners with additional sources of revenue for their wind easements in Oklahoma and Kansas rather than rural Nebraska, it is hurtful to the public power system, and to rural Nebraska in a variety of ways. If LES thinks Nebraskans don’t care where their power comes from, they should attend a Nebraska football game. While our fans are polite, Nebraskans cheer for Nebraska, not Oklahoma or Kansas.”

Hansen once again noted that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Nebraska specific study of the economic development benefits of wind energy development estimated the economic development benefits from 100 megawatts of wind energy development would range from $86.8 to $164 million, depending on how much local content or ownership was used in the construction. “For a small, struggling rural community, 100 MWs of wind is a massive local economic development opportunity. LES once again, unlike their counterparts at NPPD and OPPD, made the public policy decision to seek wind projects outside of Nebraska, thereby making the decision to help a community in rural communities in other states rather than rural Nebraska. ” Hansen said.

Hansen said “No other city in the state of Nebraska enjoys the economic development benefits of statewide generated tax revenues to the extent the city of Lincoln does. Lincoln houses much of our state government, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and the Legislature. When the city of Lincoln has the opportunity to return the economic favor, it is very disappointing that Lincoln’s wholly owned public utility chooses to buy their wind energy from Oklahoma and Kansas rather than buying world class wind resources in rural Nebraska. We hope Mayor Beutler uses his authority and revisits his LES Board appointments and actively considers using his veto power. The out of state wind purchase decision of LES turned a big and positive day for renewable energy in Lincoln into a bittersweet day for rural Nebraska. ”

Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 6,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.


NeFU Says TransCanada Deserves Coal in their Christmas Stocking This Year

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact:      John Hansen 402-476-8815

December 11, 2014

NeFU Says TransCanada Deserves Coal in their Christmas Stocking This Year

Lincoln, NE.  Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) says that it appears that TransCanada has earned a “coal only” Christmas stocking this year.  “When it comes down to the ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ question, TransCanada has certainly not been ‘Nebraska nice’, or any other kind of nice for that matter this year,” said NeFU President John Hansen.

“TransCanada’s recent letter to landowners threatening them with eminent domain proceedings that is clearly intended to frighten and bully landowners into signing easements despite the fact they do not remotely have eminent domain authority in Nebraska at this point is truly naughty to the point of being down right mean,” Hansen said.  He pointed out the Nebraska law that would put them in position to acquire eminent domain authority has been declared “null and void” by a Lancaster County district judge.  The outcome of the appeal of that decision to the Nebraska Supreme Court is yet to come.

“When you knowingly misrepresent your legal status to landowners during active easement negotiations for material gain, it appears to us that is a form of theft by deception or fraud.  We interpret the Santa Claus standard for naughty to include all knowing unethical acts, which clearly puts TransCanada’s recent tactics in the “very naughty-getting nothing but coal for Christmas” category.  When you do the wrong things for the wrong reasons over and over again, it’s going on Santa’s ‘naughty’ list,” Hansen said.

Hansen said “Not only does TransCanada not have state policy in force that affords them eminent domain authority; they lack the State Department and President Obama approval at the federal level.  We believe that Santa Claus will agree with us that amounts to a “double naughty” form of deception for material gain by TransCanada.

“Instead of practicing the Golden Rule like all good boys and girls try to do, TransCanada has recently launched another one of its many self-serving public relations advertising campaign to divert the public focus away from their arm twisting agents and corporate lawyers who are turning down the high-pressure screws on Nebraska landowners.  We believe Santa will not fall for a phony self-serving big bucks advertising campaign, and that TransCanada will still be getting coal for Christmas.  Good boys and girls do not need to “campaign” for presents from Santa on TV, radio, and in the newspaper because they know Santa keeps a list all year, and has been checking it twice,” Hansen said.

Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 6,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities.  Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.



Nebraska Farmers Union 101st Annual Convention Agenda Released

Nebraska Farmers Union 101st Annual Convention Agenda Released
Kearney Ramada Inn, Kearney, December 5-6th 
Lincoln, Nebraska.  “Changing the Course of History for the Next 100 Years” is the theme for the 101st annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) state convention.  
John Hansen, NeFU President said, “This year’s convention will celebrate our 100 years of accomplishments and service to family farm and ranch agriculture and their rural communities.  Our outstanding program of speakers will help us prepare for the challenges and opportunities facing us next year, and into the future.  While we have a good time at our meetings and convention, NeFU takes on the difficult issues and serious topics that deserve our full attention and consideration.  Our mission to educate ourselves first so that we can educate others continues.” 
Friday morning highlights include: 
·         Craig Larson, CEO of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association; 
·         Jeff Downing, General Manager of the Midwest Agency, LLP;
·         Dr. Donald Wilhite, the University of Nebraska professor of Applied Climate Science in the School of Natural Resources that was the lead author of:  “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change:  Implications for Nebraska.”  
·         Governor Dave Heineman will once again be the Friday noon luncheon speaker.   
Friday afternoon speakers include:
·         Renee Fry, Executive Director of the Open Sky Policy Institute will present their new report on K-12 funding:  “Investing in Our Future:  An Overview of Nebraska’s Education Funding System.”  
·         Stephene Moore, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Director for four Midwest states including Nebraska will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act.  
·         A panel discussion of State Senators including Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton, Sen. Ken Haar, and Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland 
The Friday evening banquet keynote speaker will be Chuck Hassebrook.  
Saturday morning highlights will include:   
·         Thomas Driscoll, National Farmers Union Government Affairs Representative will provide a NFU legislative issues report that will include COOL. EPA, and Waters of the U.S.  
·         Larry Mitchell, Administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration will discuss issues facing their agency. 
·         Ted Genoways, an award-winning poet, journalist, and editor will discuss his new book:  “The Chain:  Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food”.
·         Dan Steinkruger, Executive Director of the USDA Nebraska Farm Service Administration will report on the Farm Bill options workshops taking place across Nebraska and other program issues like best pocket knife
The Noon Luncheon will feature “100 Years of Changing The Course of History” researched by NFU Historian Tom Giessel of Larned, Kansas and presented by John Hansen, NeFU State President. 
Registration costs are $35 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings.  Convention begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.  As always, all members and the public is always welcome.  More information is available at: or at 402-476-8815. 

Nebraska Farmers Union Receives Local Foods Grant from USDA

For Immediate Release                                                        Contact:      John Hansen 402-476-8815
September 30, 2014

Nebraska Farmers Union Receives Local Foods Grant from USDA

Lincoln, NE. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced grants to stimulate locally grown foods market development for Nebraska included a grant to Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) for $89,979. The $940,800 in grants for 13 programs in Nebraska and Iowa were part of $52 million authorized in the Farm Bill to support locally grown produce and organic production market development.

Nebraska Farmers Union will partner with UNL Extension, Community Crops, Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, Family Farmed, and others to sponsor a series of five different workshops at four different locations around Nebraska from December through March.  The cities will include Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Grand Island.

Each location will hold six different workshops from December through March on topics that will include:

  • Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) – Food Safety – Level 1
  • Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) – Food Safety – Level 2
  • Wholesale Success with Atina Diffley
  • Financial Planning
  • Crop Planning, Forward Contracting and Insurance
  • Internship & Employee Management.

NeFU President John Hansen said “We are excited about helping beginning farmers and existing farmers looking for new opportunities to explore the steps necessary to become involved in growing specialty crops and value added livestock for human consumption. The interest in locally produced foods continues to grow as does the new market opportunities that go with this new production model. These workshops will feature top notch presenters thanks to the support of USDA.” If you have questions or are interested in participating in the trainings, contact Jeremiah Picard at our Lincoln office at (402) 476-8815

Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 6,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.


NEBFARMPAC Announces 2014 General Election Endorsement

For Immediate Release                                                                         September 15, 2014

NEBFARMPAC Announces 2014 General Election Endorsements

(Lincoln, Neb.) The Nebraska Farmers Union’s Political Action Committee, NEBFARMPAC, announced its endorsements for the 2014 General Election.

The NEBFARMPAC Board endorsed candidates for Congressional Offices, State Offices, Legislature, Community Colleges, University of Nebraska Regent, State Board of Education, Natural Resource Districts, and Public Power Districts.

Thirteen of the NEBFARMPAC endorsed candidates for the General election are members of Nebraska Farmers Union. “We encourage our members to be good citizens to get informed on the issues, get constructively engaged in the public policy process, and to consider running for public office themselves,” said John Hansen, NEBFARMPAC Secretary.   “We need candidates who work well with others to solve problems and make our government work as it should.”

Bold denotes Nebraska Farmers Union Members

Congressional Offices

U.S. Senate: Dave Domina (D)

First Congressional District: Jeff Fortenberry (R)

Second Congressional District: Brad Ashford (D)

Third Congressional District: Mark Sullivan (D)

State Offices

Governor: Chuck Hassebrook (D)

Auditor of Public Accounts: Amanda McGill (D)

Nebraska Treasurer: Don Stenberg (R)

Public Service Commission: Crystal Rhoades (D)

Members of the Legislature:

District 2: Ron Nolte                           District 3: Carol Blood

District 4: Robert Hilkemann              District 6: John Stalnaker

District 8: Burke Harr                         District 10: Bob Krist

District 12: Greg Hosche                     District 16: Lydia Brasch

District 18: Michael Tesar                  District 20: Matt Lathrop

District 22: Paul Schumacher              District 26: Matt Hansen

District 28: Patty Pansing Brooks       District 32: Phil Hardenburger

District 34: Curt Friesen                      District 36: Matt Williams

District 38: John Kuehn                      District 42: Roric Paulman

District 44: Dan Hughes                      District 46: Adam Morfield

State Board of Education:

District 5: Patricia Timm                    District 6: Maureen Nickels

District 7: Molly O’Halleran               District 8: Bob Meyers


Board of Regents University of Nebraska:

District 5: Steve Glenn

Metropolitan Community College:

District 1: Judy Domina                    District 2: David Newell

District 3: Jim Monahan                     At Large: Ron Hug


Northeast Community College:

District 4: Donald Frank


Nebraska Public Power District:

Subdivision 1: Mary Harding

Subdivision 7: Ken Kunze

Subdivision 9: Danny Kluthe


Omaha Public Power District:

Subdivision 2:   Anne McGuire

Subdivision 3: Tim Gay


Norris Public Power District:

Subdistrict 7: Vern Jantzen


Stanton County Public Power District:

Donald Frank


Central Platte Natural Resources District: Subdistrict 7:

Ed Stoltenberg


Lower Platte South Natural Resources District:

Subdistrict 8: Tom Green


Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District:

Subdistrict 6: Donald Frank


Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District:

Subdistrict 7: Keith Heithoff


Gale Lush of Wilcox, NEBFARMPAC President said “As the price of corn and soybeans continue to plummet to below the costs of production, it is increasingly important we support the candidates that understand the challenges that agriculture faces. Over a third of the Legislature will be new because of the impact of term limits. Our NEBFARMPAC Board of Directors felt it necessary for us to weigh in on the races where there were clear pro-family farm and ranch candidates. We thank all the candidates that have filed for election. Filing for office takes both courage and commitment to public service.”


NEBFARMPAC is the political arm of the Nebraska Farmers Union, the state’s second largest general farm organization, organized in 1913. Nebraska Farmers Union has over 6,000 farm and ranch family memberships, and strives to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers, and the rural communities they live in through education, cooperation, and legislation based on the policies developed and adopted through grassroots membership.


Nebraska Farmers Union PAC Says Mark Sullivan is the Strongest Voice for Agriculture and Nebraska in the Third Congressional District

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2014

Lincoln, NE.  NEBFARMPAC, the political action committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska’s second largest general farm organization with over 6,000 farm and ranch families announced its unanimous endorsement of Mark Sullivan for Congress in the Third District.

The NEBFARMPAC Board of Directors issued the following statement:

“Agriculture is the largest single industry in our state.  So goes agriculture, so goes Nebraska’s economy and fiscal condition.  The Third Congressional District is one of the top agricultural based Congressional District in the nation.  We think it is high time to send a “hands on” farmer, livestock producer, and cattle feeder to Congress, who understands agriculture, is passionate about agriculture, can communicate about the importance of agriculture, and has the ability to work with everyone to get things done for agriculture and Nebraska.”

“The last Farm Bill process should serve as a wake-up call for agriculture, rural communities, and the state as a whole.  For the first time in history, Congress not only allowed the Farm Bill to expire without Congressional reauthorization, it did so twice.”

“Our state is in a marginal rainfall area that is facing increasing weather volatility.  The Third District must have a Farm Bill that has a strong income safety net and crop insurance for grain producers, strong livestock disaster programs for livestock producers, strong conservation programs, and rural development programs that serves the needs of rural communities.  Growing crops and raising livestock in Nebraska is a mighty risky business that will likely get more risky in the years ahead.  The House of Representatives in particular needs new rural voices to more effectively communicate the needs of rural Nebraska and rural America. There is a good reason why the latest voter job approval rating for Congress is only 14%.”

“Mark Sullivan is an experienced and well respected farmer and cattle feeder.  He knows and understands the wide and diverse range of issues and challenges facing production agriculture and livestock production.  Mark is honest, hardworking, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and a pragmatic problem solver.  He knows how to get things done by working with people.  He is also not tied to any ideologically extreme groups dedicated to dismantling farm programs or renewable energy incentives.  Mark is a military veteran.  We think that is a very important qualification.”

NEBFARMPAC Secretary John Hansen said “Our NEBFARMPAC Board felt very strongly that agriculture and rural Nebraska would be well served to send one of our own respected farmers to Congress to represent and fight for our agricultural and rural interests. Mark Sullivan is the right person at this point in time to send to Washington, D.C. to represent our agricultural and rural interests.  Who better knows the needs and interests of agriculture than a hands-on farmer?  Who better knows the needs of veterans than a veteran?”

District Court Strikes Down Injunction Against COOL

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after receiving news of the District Court of Appeals’ en banc decision on a challenge to enforcement of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) by the multinational meatpackers and our foreign competitors.  By a 9-2 majority, the panel upheld an earlier 3-judge panel decision to deny an appeal to halt the enforcement of the popular labeling law, passed in 2008.

“NFU, and our broad coalition of consumer and producer organizations, have achieved yet another victory in our long battle to uphold the enforcement of the COOL regulation as modified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA).   This marks the third time that COOL has won in court. There is no need for this case to proceed.

“The Court ruled that the government may require factual, uncontroversial information to be included on a label. American consumers want to know basic information about where their meat comes from, and livestock producers across this great nation are very proud of what they produce and happy to let consumers know where their meat comes from.  USDA’s new COOL rules will significantly improve the information available to consumers by reducing confusion about the origins of meat products.  It will also provide U.S. livestock producers the opportunity to differentiate their products, which they are proud to claim as theirs.”