P. Scott Shearer

P. Scott
Shearer
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.

Articles
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.
GMO labeling bill passes Senate
On a strong bipartisan vote, the Senate passed the genetically modified organism labeling bill 63-30. House plans to consider the Senate GMO labeling bill this week.
Senate to vote on GMO after July 4 recess
Legislative Preview covers Senate GMO vote, the push for a comprehensive TTIP, the need for an undersecretary of trade, suggestion for a robust RFS and NASS estimates record soybean acres.
GMO compromise reached in Senate
Senate compromise requires mandatory GMO “disclosure” but gives companies various options on informing the public including text on packages, a symbol or an electronic link to a website.
Amendment allows private credit for ag exports to Cuba
Private sector banks and companies will be able to offer credit for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba with the adoption of an amendment by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Congressmen raise concerns about USDA’s GIPSA proposal
Congressmen send a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack stressing concerns about the substance, timing and impact of USDA’s GIPSA proposed rule,
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