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.

Committee Extends Biodiesel Tax Credit
Last week the Senate Finance Committee passed legislation to extend various tax credits (tax extenders) that have expired.
Appeals Court Upholds Denial of COOL Injunction Request
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction of USDA’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program.
Farmers to Plant Record Soybean Acres This Year
Producers have indicated they intend to plant a record high 81.5 million acres of soybeans this year, 4.96 million acres more than planted last year for an increase of 6%.
Strong Industry Commitment to FDA’s Antibiotic Resistance Strategy
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had received strong support from the animal health industry on its strategy to phase out the use of antibiotics to promote growth in livestock.
Meat Groups Move Forward on Merger
The nation’s largest meat organizations have taken the first step to merge the North American Meat Association (NAMA) with the American Meat Institute (AMI).
Farm Loan Program Changes to Help Producers
The United States Department of Agriculture announced changes to the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Farm Loan Program that should help producers.
Celebrating National Ag Day
Tomorrow is National Agriculture Day, which will be celebrated in Washington, D.C. and in communities throughout the United States to remind the public of the importance of agriculture and that agriculture is a part of all us.
Members Ask USDA to Stop New Chicken Inspection Program
A coalition of 68 Congressmen are asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to withdraw USDA’s proposed new chicken and turkey inspection program, HACCP-based Inspection Model Project (HIMP).
Ethanol Groups Takes California to Supreme Court
The ethanol industry, represented by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFS) and Growth Energy, have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS).
United States Imposes Sanctions on Russia
President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order imposing sanctions on former Ukrainian leaders and high-level Russian officials after the referendum in Crimea to join the Russia.
House Ag Committee and Elections
Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee has announced that he will run for re-election this year.
States Sue Over California Egg Law
Missouri Attorney General Chis Koster has been joined by five other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against California over its law requiring additional space for egg-laying hens.
EPA & Producer Information
Congressmen Rick Crawford (R-AR), Lee Terry (R-NE), and Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced the “Farmer Identity Protection Act” that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public.
Administration Proposes $3.9 Trillion Budget
President Barack Obama released the administration’s $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget that provides additional funding for preschool, job training and climate change research. The budget also provides funding for manufacturing institutes, health and environmental research, and supports funding to train 100,000 teachers in 500 districts. Money is also allocated for infrastructure repair for roads, bridges, railways and transit systems. The President said, “Our budget is about choices. It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re gonna make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American.”
United States Department of Agriculture Proposes $146 Billion Budget
The United States Department of Agriculture’s FY ’15 budget outlay totals $146 billion with approximately $23 billion in discretionary spending, and $123 billion in mandatory spending. This is an 8% cut from FY ’14. The spending areas would include 76% for nutrition; 11% for farm and commodity programs; 8% for conservation and nutrition; and 5% for other areas (including rural development, food safety, research, etc.). Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the budget proposal achieves, “reform and results for the American taxpayer; fosters opportunity for the men and women living, working and raising families in rural America; and supports innovation through strategic, future-focused investments.”
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