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
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,
Keep meat on military menus
The U.S. House of Representatives approved Congressman Adrian Smith’s (R-NE) amendment barring the military from adopting meat reduction programs.
Soybean Board analysis: Animal agriculture significantly contributes to U.S. economy
A new economic analysis released by the United Soybean Board finds that animal agriculture makes significant contributions to the U.S. economy.
Meat industry supports U.S. economy by over $1 trillion
The U.S. meat and poultry industry accounts for over $1 trillion in total economic output or 5.6% of gross domestic product.
TPP critical for U.S. agriculture
The importance of trade and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is critical for the future economic well-being of American agriculture was a key message last week at the House Ways and Means hearing.
House members want catfish vote

A bipartisan group of 178 Congressmen is urging the House Republican leadership to schedule a vote to end USDA’s catfish inspection program and return it to the Food and Drug Administration.  The members emphasized this is a waste of taxpayer dollars and the Government Accountability Office has 10 times stated that this program is “duplicative” and at “high risk” for fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.” 

Petition urges Congress to finalize GIPSA rules
A coalition led by the Rural Advancement Foundation International delivered a petition signed by over 62,000 “concerned advocates” to Congress demanding they allow USDA to finalize the GIPSA rules that would protect the rights of poultry contract growers and ensure fair treatment.
GMO labeling discussion heats up, deadline looming
The GMO labeling discussion heats up with only four legislative days left before the Vermont GMO labeling law goes into effect.
FDA guidance on voluntarily reducing sodium
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance concerning voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The draft guidance sets short-term and long-term targets.
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