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.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance concerning voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The draft guidance sets short-term and long-term targets.
GMO labeling deadline fast approaching
With the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law going into effect on July 1, intense negotiations continue.
Russia plans to continue food embargo
Recent press reports indicate Russia plans to extend its embargo on imported foods including beef, pork, and poultry until the end of 2017.
Ag trade hearing to be held
On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Expanding U.S. Agriculture Trade and Eliminating Barriers to U.S. Exports.”
USDA extends deadline for recording farm structure
USDA announced the new deadline for recording farm organization structures related to “Actively Engaged in Farming” determinations is July 1.
Catfish inspection where does it belong: USDA or FDA?
There has been an ongoing battle over the past few years on which federal agency should be in charge of catfish inspection.
Ag Groups Support Export Programs
Over 140 agricultural organizations are urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to support and maintain full funding for USDA’s vital export programs, the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP).
Increase in U.S. Pork and Beef Exports
U.S. beef and pork exports for March saw double-digit increases in key markets including China, South Korea, and Mexico according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Mexico Will Accept All Ages of U.S. Beef
Mexico will now accept all ages of U.S. beef under new rules that remove cattle age restrictions related to BSE.
Senators Urge Support for Biodiesel
Several senators are calling on Congress and the Administration to support policies (tax credit and Renewable Fuel Standard)) for the biodiesel industry. The senators cited a study by the National Biodiesel Board that showed that the lack of certainty of federal policies is hurting the biodiesel industry. Almost 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers have scaled back production this year and nearly 60 percent have idled production.
Administration Climate Change Report Calls for Action
The Obama administration released an updated climate change report, the “National Climate Assessment,” that detailed the consequences of climate change if action is not taken. The report looked at the impact climate change was having in a number of areas including agriculture, health, infrastructure, water supply and the increase in severe weather events such as floods and droughts.
Consumers Confused About Antibiotics
Consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production according to a new survey released by the American Meat Institute (AMI).
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