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.

USDA Predicts Record 2014 Corn and Soybean Crops
In its first forecast for the 2014 crop, the United States Department of Agriculture is projecting record corn and soybean crops.
2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Results
The United States Department of Agriculture released its preliminary “2012 Census of Agriculture” results showing an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the U.S. totaling $394.6 billion in 2012, which was up 33 percent compared to $97.4 billion in 2007.
Members Ask for Rule on Downer Calves
A group of 72 members of congress are asking the United States Department of Agriculture to move forward with a rule to ban the slaughter of downer calves for food.
Tax Reform
Congressman David Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is expected to release his tax reform proposal this week.
Implement Livestock Disaster Program
U.S. Senators encourage the Secretary of Agriculture to implement the livestock disaster assistance programs as soon as possible.
AG Launches Immigration Reform Campaign
Agriculture groups work together to rally for immigration reform for American agriculture.
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.
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