Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

April 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 04/02/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Labeling meat and other perishable agricultural products was vigorously debated prior to the approval of the 2002 farm bill. The passage of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act in May, 2002 did create country of origin labeling (COOL); however, the controversy over COOL did not end there. In fact, it has intensified amongst producers, processors and retailers as they struggle to determine how to comply with COOL and exactly how it affects their operations.