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Conference examines domestic and trade impacts of U.S. farm policy

Washington, D.C.  Nov. 1, 2007:  The impacts of U.S. agricultural policy on producers, suppliers and retailers, and international trade will be examined at the Nov. 15-16 conference, Domestic and Trade Impacts of U.S. Farm Policy: Future Directions and Challenges.  The conference will be at the Holiday Inn Capitol and at the offices of the American Farm Bureau Federation, both in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, ranking Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will open the conference at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Charles Stenholm, senior policy advisor for Olsson Frank Weeda and former U.S. representative from Texas, is the keynote luncheon speaker Nov. 16.

“There is strong interest in a new farm bill and how it may coincide with U.S. obligations in the World Trade Organization.  This conference will address this and other important aspects of our policies," said Dr. Parr Rosson, director of the Center for North American Studies, a Texas Cooperative Extension economist and one of the conference organizers.

Targeted to policy makers, industry and government leaders and academics, the conference will examine the international implications of U.S. farm programs and the future challenges facing the agricultural industry.  The program highlights four key areas – industry perspectives, producer perspectives, impacts of domestic agricultural policy to international trade agreement, and the perspectives of developing countries.

Speakers include Bob Young, chief economist, American Farm Bureau Federation; Chris Leggett, agricultural counselor, Canada; and Dan Rotenberg, counselor-agriculture, European Union, Delegation of the European Commission.  Providing views from developing countries will be Carlos Abreu, minister, Brazil; Manoj Joshi, counselor, India; and Siphiwe Mkhize of South Africa.  U.S. industry impacts will be discussed by Becky Doyle, Hickory Grove Farms, and Rob Robinson, Syngenta.  Representatives from cotton, corn, wheat, sugar and fruits and vegetables producer organizations will also participate in the program.

Conference sponsors are Farm Foundation; the Southern Region Research Committee; American Farm Bureau Federation; Center for North American Studies-Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station; Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; National Center for Peanut Competitiveness at the University of Georgia; and the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University.

Registration is complimentary to the media.  Please print out the register form on the Web site, mark it as MEDIA and submit it by mail or fax (630-571-9580).  The conference Web site is:

For more information contact:

Dr. Parr Rosson, Texas A&M, (979)-845-3070

Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation, (630) 571-9393





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