Friday, April 4, 2014

From Capitol Hill

Dairy Industry Up Against EU Geographic Indicators

Washington--Geographic indicators are a way of labeling products to tie them to particular places in an effort to enhance marketability. Through the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, the European Union is trying to get the United States to accept this approach. Dave Salmonsen, the American Farm Bureau Federation's trade specialist, explains how this would harm America's dairy farmers in Tuesday's Newsline.

More than 50 U.S. senators have written a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opposing the use of geographic indicators. Farm Bureau is working to ensure the U.S. government is fully aware of the industry's concerns as negotiations move forward.

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