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.

World Health Organization Report on Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance (AMR) is a major worldwide threat to public health, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) antibiotic resistance report.
USDA Makes Progress on Farm Bill Implementation
The message from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the Senate Agriculture Committee last week was that United States Department of Agriculture is making progress on implementing all titles of the 2014 farm bill.
United States Trade Representative Confirmation
The Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing on Darci Vetter’s nomination to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
State of the Livestock Industry
The outlook for the livestock industry is improving, but there still remain challenges ahead.
2012 Census of Agriculture Reveals New Trends in Farming
There are now 3.2 million farmers operating 2.1 million farms on 914.5 million acres of farmland in the U.S. according to the “2012 Census of Agriculture” released by the United States Department of Agriculture last Friday. The census, which is conducted every five years, provides insight into the U.S. farmer demographics, economics and production practices.
Planting Progress is Below Average
Last week’s “Crop Progress Report” released by the United States Department of Agriculture showed that 19% of this year’s corn crop has already been planted, but is below the five--year average of 28%.
Farm Bill Implementation Hearing Next Week
Farm Bill implementation hearing set for next week.
No Agreement Reached with Japan to Eliminate Ag Tariffs
After two days of intense negotiations last week, the U.S. and Japan failed to reach an agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
PEDV Research Funding Needed
Senators are urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to include funding for the development of a vaccine for PEDV in this year’s agriculture appropriations bill.
Meat Slaughter Industry Survey

The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is planning a new survey of the meat slaughter industry to collect information about food safety practices and technologies. 

Upcoming Livestock Hearing
The House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the “State of the Livestock Industry” this Wednesday, April 30.
USDA Announces Actions to Combat Pork Diseases
USDA has announced it will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and Swine Delta Coronavirus to try and slow the spread of this disease across the U.S.
Cities Urging Congress to Ban Antibiotics in Livestock
Seattle, recently became the seventh city this year to support legislation banning nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock.
USDA Announces Funding for Export Promotion Programs
USDA announced that the Foreign Agricultural Service was providing funding of $196.4 million to agricultural organizations to help expand export markets for U.S. agriculture through the Foreign Market Development Program and the Market Access Program.
Meat Groups to Merge
Members of the American Meat Institute voted unanimously last week to support the merger with the North American Meat Association.
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