FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(MAY 25, 2015)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
WASHINGTON STATE (OCT. 3, 2014) – Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) members spent three days, with their peers from around the country, advocating for Country-of-Origin Labeling through congressional meetings in Washington D.C. this past week. While there were three members from NWFU there was a total of sixty Farmers Union members in addition to other COOL supporting organizations and their memberships.
NWFU president Kent Wright said, “National Farmers Union (NFU) president Roger Johnson told me how beneficial it would be for us to have representation at the fly-in for COOL and I feel that it really payed off for Northwest producers in terms of recognition and having our voices heard.”
Many groups have been working with the World Trade Organization as well as members of Congress to create an acceptable version of COOL that would feasible and beneficial for producers and consumers alike. Farmers Union members had an easy and distinct message while on “the hill”.
“Our message was simply to wait and let the WTO arbitration process take place without any unnecessary actions taking place until a conclusion is reached,” states Wright.
The arbitration process is thought to take 60 days once all the necessary filings are in after which a conclusion will be made as to the validity of the claims presented in regards to COOL. The Northwest Farmers Union and its’ members will monitor the situation closely and work to be involved in any meetings on the topic in the future.
The Northwest Farmers Union is a farmer advocacy group that provides a platform for individuals to voice their opinions as well as gain education and support for their agriculture endeavors. Please go to www.northwestfarmersunion.com to see how you can become involved.