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North American Trade Relationships: Policy Challenges for 2002 and Beyond


Wednesday, August 8, 2001
Chicago, Ill.


Summary:
Ninety-five academic, private sector and government representatives participated in this conference. Sessions addressed: North American Trade Agreements and their impacts on agricultural trade flows; trade irritants and trade disputes that continue to exist; the interrelationship between trade agreements and domestic farm programs; and future North American agricultural trade relations.

Conference Summary Documents:

 

The purpose of this conference was:

  • To examine the impacts on trade flows of CUSTA and NAFTA over the past decade.
  • To assess the causes and consequences of major trade disputes between Canada, Mexico, and the United States with respect to commodities such as wheat, cattle, tomatoes, and other agricultural commodities and to examine potential policy modifications that may reduce such frictions.
  • To examine the links between CUSTA and NAFTA and domestic policy initiatives in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • To extend expertise on CUSTA and NAFTA trade issues within the agricultural economics and agribusiness professions.
  • To determine the possible implications of trade relationships for upcoming US legislation in the 2002 Farm Bill.
  •   Conference Program
    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
    Walter Armbruster, Farm Foundation

    THE IMPACTS OF NATFA AND CUSTA ON AGRICULTURAL TRADE FLOWS
    Moderator: Al Loyns, Prairie Horizons, Ltd., Canada

    Changing Agricultural Trade Patterns in North America Thomas Vollrath, USDA/ERS
    Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    A Canadian Perspective James Rude, University of Saskatchewan
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    A Northern Great Plains Perspective Won Koo, North Dakota State University
    Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    A Southern U.S. Perspective Parr Rosson, Texas A & M University
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    A Mexican Perspective Roberto Aceves, SAGARPA-ASERCA
    Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation

    AGRICULTURAL TRADE IRRITANTS AND TRADE DISPUTES: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND POTENTIAL RESOLUTIONS
    Moderator: David Blandford, Cornell University

    Canada-U.S. Trade Disputes over the Past Decade Carol Goodloe, U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation
    A Legal Perspective on North American Trade Disputes and Trade Relations Michael Gordon, University of Florida
     Bio
     Remarks
     Presentation
    North American Trade Disputes: A Canadian Perspective Michael Gifford, Economic consultant and retired trade negotiator, Canada
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    North American Trade Disputes: A Mexican Perspective Ken Shwedel, Rabobank, Mexico City
    Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation


    AGRICULTURAL TRADE IN THE 21st CENTURY
    Moderator: Walter Armbruster, Farm Foundation

    Lunch Presentation David Hegwood, U.S. Department of Agriculture
     Bio



    CUSTA AND NAFTA: POTENTIAL SYNERGIES AND CONFLICTS WITH DOMESTIC FARM PROGRAM INITIATIVES
    Moderator: Vincent Smith, Montana State University

    The 2002 Farm Bill: Implications for North American Trade Relationships Greg Pompelli, USDA, Economic Research Service
     Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation
    Policy Harmonization and Convergence: A Canadian Perspective Hartley Furtan, University of Saskatchewan
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    Policy Harmonization and Convergence: A U.S. Perspective Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
     Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation
    Policy Harmonization and Convergence: A Mexican Perspective Roberto Aceves, SAGARPA-ASERCA
    Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation



    FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR NORTH AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL TRADE RELATIONS
    Moderator: ,

    Panel Session Charlie Mayer, Former Minister of Agriculture, Government of Canada
    Bio
    Remarks
    Presentation
    Panel Session John Skorburg, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
     Bio
    Remarks
     Presentation
    Panel Session James W. Miller, National Farmers Union, Washington, D.C.
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation
    Panel Session Alan Tracy, U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.
     Bio
     Remarks
    Presentation



    This workshop was sponsored by Farm Foundation, American Agricultural Economics Association, C-FARE, IATRC, North Dakota State University Trade Research Center, Montana State University Trade Research Center, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, the California Agricultural Issues Center and S-287 Southern Regional Trade Research Committee.

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