The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson Peterson says there are still several steps in the WTO process that must be met before any retaliation could go into effect - so he believes the U.S. should take the time to thoughtfully consider how to move forward.

Since 2012 - dry conditions have persisted in many parts of the U.S. - particularly in the West. Each day USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service conservationists work alongside ag producers to help them conserve water and increase resilience in their operations. The announced investment by USDA NRCS of approximately 21-million dollars will provide additional resources to help farmers and ranchers implement solutions to mitigate the impacts of sustained drought.