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 by P. Scott Shearer
Baucus Confirmed As Ambassador
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. Ambassador to China.
Livestock, Poultry and Meat Groups Opposed Farm Bill
Several major livestock, poultry and meat organizations opposed the final passage of the farm bill, due to the conference committee's failure to address Country-of-Origin Labeling.
WTO Hearing on COOL
A hearing will be held by the World Trade Organization regarding Canada and Mexico's case against the United State's country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program.
Group Asks Supreme Court to Review E15
The Engine Products Group, a coalition of automakers and small engine manufacturers, has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Washington, DC, Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision regarding E-15.
2013 Record-High Combined Corn & Soybean Acreage
According to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, U.S. farmers intend to plant a record-high combined 174.4 million acres of corn and soybeans this year.
Ag Coalition Favors Adding Japan to TPP Negotiations
A coalition of 75 food and agricultural organizations and companies are urging the United States and other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to welcome Japan into the trade talks.
FSIS Furloughs Averted
President Barack Obama signed the continuing resolution (CR) that funds the federal government until Sept. 30, 2013.
Senator Tim Johnson to Retire
Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced that he will not seek reelection next year.
Congress in Recess
Congress is halfway through its two-week spring recess.
Amendment Helps Avoid Meat & Poultry Inspector Furloughs
Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep the federal government running through Sept. 30. The resolution contains an additional $55 million for USDA’s meat and poultry inspectors to avoid furloughs.
Pork Export Reporting
U.S. pork exporters are now required to report weekly export sales to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
ADUFA Passes Senate Committee 3
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed legislation to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act.
House Proposed Budget Cuts Commodity Programs, Nutrition Assistance
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican budget, “The Pathway to Prosperity: A Responsible, Balanced Budget.” Similar to Ryan’s proposal last year, he says the proposed budget would reduce the deficit by $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years.
Senate Proposed Budget Cuts $23 billion for Agriculture
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the Senate Democratic budget which includes an equal mix of spending cuts ($975 billion) and new revenues ($975 billion) by closing tax loopholes.
Slaughter Again Calls for Antibiotic Restrictions
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has reintroduced the “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).” According to Slaughter this legislation is to “stop the overuse of antibiotics on the farm.”
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