The U.S. Senate will lose a vocal opponent of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single marketing desk and vocal supporter of COOL this fall.
Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat representing North Dakota, announced Jan. 5 he won’t seek another six-year term in elections this year.
Dorgan served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 1980 before moving to the Senate in 1992.
His Senate website now bills him as “one of the nation’s leading voices on behalf of America’s agriculture industry.”
Dorgan was a champion of the 2008 Farm Bill, which included the legislation for the current form of mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) on products made using imported meats and/or livestock.
On the CWB file, Dorgan was responsible for one of many U.S. probes into the board’s trading practices. He requested the 1998 investigation of the CWB by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) which ultimately found no evidence that Canada or the board violated any international agreement.
Dorgan has in previous years urged action over what he claimed was lost income for U.S. wheat growers due to Prairie wheat entering the U.S. market.
Dorgan has also been an influential advocate for opening up U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba.