COOL - Country of Origin Labeling

What does Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) mean to 4-H’ers and FFA members and what steps will you need to follow? 

As many of you know, the USDA is preparing for the mandatory COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) that goes into effect September 30, 2008. 

There is an excellent website for those wanting to know more details on the Iowa Beef Center’s webpage at

The process for 4-H and FFA members is relatively simple.  

 Youth Forms

Page 1 explains the steps needed to be taken as well as example documents that can be used for an audit trail. 

Page 2 is the actual affidavit.


4-H’ers who raise their own livestock for their projects need to fill this affidavit out and keep it on file for a minimum of two years.  In the case of an audit, 4-H’ers can provide authorities with this affidavit along with other documents listed at the bottom of page 1 of the affidavit document (birth records (calving report, PigChamp, PigTales, etc.), purchase/sales receipts, etc.)


4-H’ers who purchase their livestock from others MUST have the producer fill out the affidavit, give it to the 4-H’er, and the 4-H’er must keep the affidavit on file for a minimum of two years.  For example, a 4-H’er goes to buy his steer from a producer.  The 4-H’er needs the producer (seller) to fill out and sign the affidavit.


Obtaining a COOL AFFIDAVIT is relatively simple and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the 2009 O'Brien County Fair.

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