Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

May 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 05/21/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The ongoing debate over mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) continues, despite COOL being passed as part of the 2002 Farm Bill and plans for it to become a mandatory program on September 30, 2004. As the discussion surrounding COOL intensifies, it is clear that there is still much contention regarding implementation of the mandatory COOL provisions.