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 Council
To guide the direction of the Resource Center, Farm Foundation has convened an Advisory Council 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 Council are:

Trade Center Partners

To help support the Resource Center, Farm Foundation seeks partners among organizations, institutions, foundations, companies and individuals who are interested in trade discussions rooted in objective, factual information. To learn how you or your organization can support the Center, contact Tim Brennan, Vice President of External Affairs, at tim@farmfoundation.org.