Free Trade of the Americas, the WTO, and New Farm Legislation:

Responding to Opportunities and Challenges

San Antonio, Texas May 23 - 24, 2002

 

Confernce Summary by Walt Armbruster, President, Farm Foundation

Thursday, May 23

7:30a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast - Peacock Alley, Main Lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Free Trade of the Americas, WTO, and Linkages to Domestic Agricultural Policy - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

United States Perspective - Hunt Shipman, Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services

Canadian Perspective - Brian Paddock, Executive Director, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, Presentation

Mexican Perspective - The Honorable Jeffrey M. Jones, Senator, Republic of Mexico

Moderator: Parr Rosson, Professor and Director, Center for North American Studies, Texas A&M University

Response: Mickey Paggi, Director, Center for Agricultural Business, Fresno State University

10:00-10:30a.m. Break

10:30-12:00p.m.

Free Trade of the Americas: Issues and Prospects - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

Current Status of FTAA Negotiations - Parr Rosson, Professor and Director, Center for North American Studies, Texas A&M University, Presentation

How the Future of Brazilian Agriculture Will Affect U.S. Agriculture - Bryce Myrick, Director of Agricultural Marketing Education and Donald Patman, President, Texas Farm Bureau

Central America - Frank Coolidge, Agricultural Counselor, Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA, Guatemala

The Andean Group - Jaime Malaga, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Presentation

Moderator: Stanley Fletcher, Professor, University of Georgia

12:00-1:30p.m. Lunch (On your own)

1:30-3:30p.m.

The World Trade Organization: Issues and Prospects - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

Current Status of Negotiations - Greg Pompelli, Branch Chief, Economic Research Service/USDA, Presentation

Developing Country Views - Peter Nyikuli, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Kenya, Paper

Impacts of China’s Accession - Won Koo, Director, North Central Trade Center, North Dakota State University, Presentation

Views on the European Union - Gerry Kiely, Agricultural Counselor, European Union

Moderator: Darren Hudson, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University

Response: Andy Schmitz, Professor, University of Florida

3:30-4:00p.m. Break

4:00-5:30p.m.

Trade and Policy Prospects for Cuba - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

William Messina, Int rim Chair, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, Presentation

Gustavo Machin, First Secretary, Cuban Interests Section Swiss Embassy

Devry Boughner, International Trade Analyst, U.S. International Trade Commission and Jonathan Coleman, Economist, U.S. International Trade Commission, Presentation

Moderator: John VanSickle, Professor, University of Florida

Response: Marvin Lehrer, Consultant, USA Rice Federation

6:00-7:00p.m. Reception on the Starlight Terrace - St. Anthony Hotel Rooftop

Friday, May 24

7:30a.m.; Continental Breakfast - Peacock Alley, Main Lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel

8:30-10:00a.m.

Concurrent Session I – NAFTA Issues and Impacts - Bowie Room on the Third Floor

Moderator: Larry Sanders, Professor, Oklahoma State University

"Assessing Trends in the U.S. Fruit Juice Market: Opportunities for Mexican Fruit Juices" Eric Thor, Arizona State University and Aninditta Savitry, Frost and Sullivan, San Jose, CA Presentation, Paper

"Trade Agreements and U.S. Agribusinesses: Lessons from Mexican Retailing after NAFTA" Jaime Malaga and Conrad Lyford, Texas Tech University Presentation

"Domestic and Foreign Volumes and Regional Market Shares for Produce in the U.S. Before and After NAFTA" Richard Beilock, University of Florida Presentation

"The Socio-Economic Impacts of NAFTA in Tlaxcala, Mexico" Shida Henneberry and Becky Nelson, Oklahoma State University Presentation, Paper

Concurrent Session II – Domestic Policy and Trade - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

Moderator: Barry Barnett, Associate Professor, University of Georgia

"Domestic Support and the WTO: Implications of Alternatives for Reducing Support" Edwin Young, Frederick Nelson, Mary Burfisher, and Lorraine Mitchell; Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Presentation, Paper

"Influence of Decoupled Farm Programs on Agricultural Production." Paul Westcott and Edwin Young, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Presentation, Paper

"Trade Remedy Laws: Case for Reform" Anita Regmi and David Skully, Economic Research Service, U.S.D.A. Presentation, Paper

"Near Term Prospects for the U.S. Sugar Industry" Edward Evans, Sikavas Na Lampang, and John VanSickle, University of Florida Presentation

Concurrent Session III – Trade and Environmental Issues - LaSalle Room on the Third Floor

Moderator: Mary Marchant, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

"Differentiating GMOs and Non-GMOs in a Marketing Channel" Troy Schmitz, Arizona State University; Charles Moss, Andrew Schmitz, University of Florida Presentation, Papers

"A Preliminary Assessment of Crop Production and Estimated Irrigation Water Use for Chihuahua, Mexico" Parr Rosson, Aaron Hobbs, and Flynn Adcock, Texas A&M University Presentation

"Environmental Consideration in the FTAA and Other Trade Liberalization Agreements" Dale Colyer, West Virginia University Presentation, Paper

"Scientific Capacity and Institutional Adjustments for Standard Development in an FTAA" Suzanne Thornsbury, University of Florida and Eduardo Romano, Pacific Institute for Research and Education Presentation

10:00-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Adjustment in U.S. Agriculture: FTAA, WTO, and Farm Bill Impacts - Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

Moderator: Lynn Kennedy, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University

Textiles and Cotton - Kent Lanclos, Assistant Director of Economic Services, National Cotton Council Presentation

Peanuts and Products - Byron Warnken, President, Wilco Peanut Company Presentation

Sugar and Sweeteners - Jackie Theriot, Chairman of the Board, American Sugar Cane League Presentation

Rice - Dennis DeLaughter, Board of Directors Member, U.S. Rice Producers Association

12:00-1:30 p.m.; Lunch - Georgian Room on the Lobby Level

Luncheon Speaker: Sally Grooms Cowal, President, Cuba Policy Foundation

Presentation

Summary of Program: Walt Armbruster, President, Farm Foundation

1:30-3:00p.m.

Concurrent Session IV - Trade and Policy Regulation - Bowie Room on the Third Floor

Moderator: Curtis Jolly, Professor, Auburn University

"Peanuts: Responding to Opportunities and Challenges from Intertwined Trade and Domestic Policies" Stanley Fletcher, University of Georgia Presentation, Paper

"Crisis in the U.S. Textile and Apparel Industries: Are They Caused by Trade Agreements and Global Financial Meltdowns?" William Amponsah and Victor Ofori Boadu, North Carolina A&T University, Presentation, Paper

"The Economics of Two-Tier Tariff Rate Import Quotas: Analyzing Section 201 Trade for the Sheep Industry" Doolarie Singh, Tim Phipps, and Dennis Smith, West Virginia University

"Tough Questions about the Market and Policy for Agricultural Trade" Larry Sanders, Oklahoma State University Presentation, Paper

Concurrent Session V – Regional and Country Analyses-Located in the LaSalle Room on the Third Floor

Moderator: Parr Rosson, Professor, Texas A&M University

"Economic Impacts of Agricultural Exports to Cuba" Parr Rosson and Flynn Adcock, Texas A&M University Presentation

"African Regional Integration: Issues and Challenges" William Amponsah, North Carolina A&T University Presentation, Paper

"Rice and Regional Trade Agreements in the Americas" Eric Wailes, Frank Fuller, and Harjanto Djunaidi, University of Arkansas Presentation, Paper

"The Role of U.S. Beef in the Mexican Market" Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Presentation

Concurrent Session VI – FTAA Issues and Impacts - Located in the Peraux Room on the Lobby Level

Moderator: Mickey Paggi, Director, Center for Agricultural Business, Fresno State University

"Regionalism in the Western Hemisphere and its impact on U.S. Agricultural Imports" Steven Zahniser, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Presentation

"Tariff Reform within the Free Trade Area of the Americas"

John Wainio, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Presentation

"International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: A Focus on the Free Trade Area of the Americas" Mary Marchant, University of Kentucky Won Koo, North Dakota State University Presentation, Paper

"Regional Integration in the Western Hemisphere: Its Impact on Soybean Complex Trade Composition" Abdul Jaafar, Albert Allen, and Warren Couvillion, Mississippi State University Gerald Mumma, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Presentation, Paper

3:00 p.m. Adjourn