The first congressional field hearing on the potential impact of the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law will be 10 a.m., April 22 in the Mills Anderson Justice Center Auditorium at Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, MO.

Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Marketing, Inspection and Promotion, is holding the hearing.

Supporters and opponents will be given an opportunity to testify at the hearing, says Talent. "Our farmers and ranchers need more information on COOL and they need it as quickly as possible," he stresses.

The Agriculture Department has agreed to hold a dozen public meetings on this issue.