About the Center
Farm Foundation has established the Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center to bring clarity to trade discussions and enable productive debate and dialogue on trade policy issues.
USDA reports U.S. farmers and ranchers currently export more than 20% of their production, making exports an important component of farm cash receipts. The food and agriculture sector exports nearly $140 billion in commodities and value-added goods, making it one of the nation’s only sectors with a trade surplus.
Recently, the United States and some of its key trading partners have exchanged signals that tariff escalations and other trade barriers could significantly alter some long-term trading relationships. The potential for higher tariffs on agricultural and non-agricultural products, trade sanctions and the application of new sanitary/phytosanitary barriers all stand to impact future trading relationships, changing the landscape for agricultural trade and potentially introducing farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and food processors into a new era of market unpredictability.
Given these trade dynamics, a basic understanding of food and agricultural trade is critical. A solid foundation of basic trade education, as well as more detailed analyses of larger trade issues, will support quality dialogues on agricultural trade. Clear, concise and unbiased trade information is needed to achieve a balanced outcome to the current debate.
To address this need, Farm Foundation’s Trade Resource Center will offer: white papers addressing a variety of agricultural trade topics; conferences, seminars, and webinars allowing experts to directly address key trade topics; and this electronic information hub, which includes regular updates and editorials on the latest trade issues facing the sector.
The Advisory Committee
To guide the direction of the Resource Center, Farm Foundation has convened an Advisory Committee of agricultural leaders, researchers, trade experts and consultants. They provide input on the structure of the Resource Center, identify priorities for paper development, identify topics for conferences and seminars, and provide technical expertise to evaluate proposed analyses. Members of the Advisory Committee are:
- Dan Basse, President, ARC Communications, Inc.
- Bill Bryant, Chairman, Bryant Christie, Inc.
- Richard Crowder, Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade, Virginia Tech University
- Paul Drazek, Founder, DTB Associates
- Joe Glauber, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
- Carl Hausmann, Bunge North America and Bunge Europe, retired
- Dan Kelley, farmer, Global Farmer Network
- Gary MacDonald, MacDon Industries, retired
- Bob Stallman, farmer, Oak Canyon Ventures
- Bob Thompson, University of Illinois, retired
- Darci Vetter, Vice Chair, Edelman Communications
- Bob Young, Founder, Agricultural Prospects
To help support the Resource Center, Farm Foundation is seeking partners among organizations, institutions, foundations, companies and individuals who are interested in trade discussions rooted in objective, factual trade information. These partners will:
- Provide financial support for the Resource Center.
- Serve as resources to offer various viewpoints in the discussions and dialogue.
- Provide general input on questions and issues to be explored.
- Be encouraged to use the materials in an unaltered form in their communication and messaging efforts.
However, to maintain neutrality and prevent any bias or perceived bias in the papers, partners will not have input on the substance or content of papers or information provided through the Resource Center.
Farm Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of our Partners, including:
Gary and Marg McDonald
Illinois Farm Bureau
To learn about ways you or your organization can support the Farm Foundation Agricultural Trade Resource Center, please contact Tim Brennan, Vice President of External Affairs, (630) 571-9393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.