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.

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.
Livestock Disaster Assistance Sign-up Begins April 15
Producers may begin signing-up for USDA’s livestock disaster assistance programs beginning tomorrow, April 15.
Senators Fighting to Protect Meat Names
A group of 45 Senators led by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are leading the effort to fight attempts by the European Union to limit the use of common names of meat products.
House Barely Passes Budget for 2015 Fiscal Year
The House of Representatives barely passed its fiscal year 2015 budget on a party-line vote. The budget offered by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is estimated to cut $5.1 trillion from federal programs over the next 10 years.
Industry Opposes New User Fees on Meat and Poultry
A coalition of 45 agricultural organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders stating their opposition to the administration’s proposed “user fees” for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meat and poultry inspection activities.
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.
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