P. Scott Shearer

P. Scott
Vice President,
Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group, Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC. With over 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries, Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-1996), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

USDA moves forward on GIPSA rules
USDA is moving ahead with GIPSA rules, minus a number of 2010 proposed provisions; trading rules with Cuba eased; grants available to ease rural veterinary shortages.
ARC and PLC payments rolling out
USDA starts paying out crop payments; livestock haulers to be held accountable for animal welfare; PEW says FDA needs to do more on animal drug labels; report shows net income increased for top 100 co-ops.
Packers and Stockyard Act regs extended to online and video livestock auctions
Congress extends Packers and Stockyards Act regulations to online and video auctions; FDA considering new ‘health’ foods definition; producers encouraged to save money for disasters; contact legislative leaders.
UN member countries address antibiotic resistance
United Nations member countries adopt antibiotics measure; Obama nominates ambassador to Cuba; China announces countervailing duties on U.S. DDGs; resolution to keep government running headed to president.
Meat industry calls on USDA to allow comments on GIPSA proposals
This week’s Legislative Preview calls for USDA to allow GIPSA comments; announces mandatory price reporting stakeholder meeting; U.S. beef imports to China to resume; consumer groups petition to stop antibiotics for prevention.
FDA seeks input on judicious use of medically important antimicrobials
FDA seeks input on judicious use of medically important microbials; producers win appeal versus EPA; WTO complaint filed against China subsidies; large corn and soybean crops projected.
USDA makes additional loans available for producers
Legislative Preview covers FSA direct and guaranteed loans; food insecurity lessens in U.S.; Senate and House hearings to tackle consolidation and Cuba trade.
Congress returns with funding the federal government first on agenda
Legislative Preview: Appropriation bills first on Congress’s agenda upon returning, USDA estimates declining farm incomes again this year and salt guidelines delayed by FDA.
Non-GMO meat labels allowed with third party verification
Legislative Preview covers GMO meat labels; White House moving forward on TPP; ag exports on the rise; seed, chemical consolidation topic of Senate hearing.
Longshoremen agree to discuss West Coast contract extension
West Coast longshoremen agree to open contract extensions; USDA issues final mandatory pricing rule with revisions; Trump names agricultural advisory committee.
USDA predicting record corn and soybean crops
USDA predicts record corn and soybean crops as most of the crops are in good to excellent condition; study shows means testing crop insurance would impact few; Trump’s economic plan unveiled.
U.S. agriculture production costs decline in 2015
Agricultural production costs down 8.8% in 2015 from 2014; beef now on two-way street between the U.S. and Brazil; biodiesel tax credit reform introduced; Extreme Eating Awards announced.
Compromise GMO legislation now law
President Obama signs compromise GMO legislation into law; legislation introduced to scrutinize checkoff programs; FDA revises guidance for drug manufacturers to assess whether animal drug residues in food pose a risk to humans; DNC platform emphasizes ag.
Legislation would make checkoffs voluntary
Legislative Preview covers anti-checkoff legislation, USDA presence in Cuba, Republican ag platform, Clinton's VP choice and Congress recess.
GMO labeling bill headed to the White House for approval
President Obama is expected to sign the genetically modified organism labeling bill, preempting enactment of Vermont's labeling law.
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