November 15-16, 2007

Holiday Inn Capitol/American Farm Bureau Federation Offices

Washington, DC



Wednesday, November 14


3:00 - 5:00 p.m.          Registration, Holiday Inn– Capitol



Thursday, November 15


7:30 a.m.                     Registration and Breakfast


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.           Keynote Speaker:  Senator Saxby Chambliss (R–GA), Ranking Member, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, U.S. Senate


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.         US Domestic Agricultural Policy and Linkages to International Trade


American Farm Bureau Federation Perspective

Bob Young, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation



Canadian Perspective

Chris Leggett, Agricultural Counselor, Canada



European Union Perspective

Dan Rotenberg, Counselor–Agriculture, European Union, Delegation of the European Commission



10:00 - 10:30 a.m.       Break


10:30 - 12:00 p.m.      Industry Perspective on US Domestic Agricultural Policy

Becky Doyle, Owner, Hickory Grove Pork Farm

Rob Robinson, Business Transformation Lead, Syngenta Seed, NAFTA


Harry Kopp, Harry Kopp LLC, Washington, DC



12:00 - 1:30 p.m.        Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.          Developing Countries and U.S. Farm Policy

U.S. Farm Bill Options: Implications for Developing Countries

Tim Josling, Professor Emeritus, Forum on Contemporary Europe, Stanford University           

Presentation, Paper


Country Perspectives

Carlos de Abreu, Minister–Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Brazil

Manoj Joshi, Counsellor (Economic), Embassy of India



3:00 - 3:30 p.m.          Break


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.          Selected Paper Session I (2 concurrent sessions)



Selected Papers IA-WTO Impacts on Policy


The Potential Effects of WTO on Structural Change in Dairy Policy and Industry Structure

James Oehmke, Al Mussell, and Chistopher Wolf, George Morris Centre



Implications of WTO Domestic Support Commitments for Future U.S. Farm Policies

David Blanford, Penn State University, and Tim Josling, Stanford University



WTO Decoupling and Domestic Farm Program Design: U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Planting Restriction

Suzanne Thornsbury, David Schweikhardt, and Mollie Woods, Michigan State University



Equity Considerations of Eliminating Fruit and Vegetable Planting Restrictions

Edwin Young and Barry Krissoff, Economic Research Service–USDA

Presentation, Paper


EU Member Country De Facto Moratoria on Genetically Engineered Corn

Rick Gilmore, President and CEO of GIC Group




Selected Papers IB-Agricultural Policy and Energy


The Impact of U.S. and E.U. Biofuels Policies on Developing Countries

Charlotte Hebebrand and Kara Laney, International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council

Presentation, Paper


U.S. Agricultural Policy and Energy

Andrew Schmitz and Charles Moss, University of Florida, and Troy Schmitz, Arizona State University



Analyzing the Impacts of Bio-Fuel Mandates on World Grain, Livestock, and Oilseed Sectors

Richard Stillman, Jim Hansen, Ralph Seeley, Dave Kelch, Agapi Somwaru, and Edwin Young, Economic Research Service–USDA

Presentation, Paper


Impacts of U.S. Biofuel Policies on International Trade in Meat and Dairy Products

Caroline Saundersa, Liz Marshallb, William Kaye-Blakea, Suzie Greenhalghc, and Mariana de Aragaopereiraa, aAgribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) - Lincoln University,  bWorld Resources Institute, cLandcare Research

Presentation, Paper



5:30 - 7:00 p.m.          Reception, Sponsored by AFBF



Friday, November 16


8:30 - 10:00 a.m.         Selected Paper Session II (2 concurrent sessions)



Selected Papers IIA-International Effects of Farm Policy


Modeling Free Trade Demand Systems: Case of South Korean Beef Market

Young–Jae Lee and Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University

Presentation, Paper


Impact of the CAP Reforms on the U.S.-E.U. Cereal Trade Sector

Sachin Chintawar, Lynn Kennedy, and John Westra, Louisiana State University



Charting a New Direction for U.S. International Food Aid Outside of the U.S. Farm Policy Framework

Emmy Simmons, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

Presentation, Paper



Selected Papers IIB-International Agreements and Tools


Bilateral Trade in Textiles and Apparel in the U.S. Under the Caribbean Basin Initiative: Gravity Model Approach

Osei Yeboah, North Carolina A&T, Saleem Shaik,  North Dakota State University, Victor Ofari–Boadu, North Carolina A&T, and Albert Allen, Mississippi State University

Presentation, Paper


U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement: Potential Gains for U.S. Agriculture

Anita Regmi, Ralph Seeley, and John Dyek, Economic Research Service–USDA

Presentation, Paper


Getting Out of the Box: Transitioning Out of Direct Payments

David Abler and David Blanford, Penn State University

Presentation, Paper


Implications of U.S. Farm Policy on Supply Chains for Food Trade in Asia

Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University, Thomas Wahl, Washington State University, and Mickey Paggi, California State University–Fresno




10:00 - 10:30 a.m.       Break


10:30 - 12:00 p.m.      Selected Paper Session III (2 concurrent sessions)



Selected Papers IIIA-Domestic Policy Effects


Domestic and Trade Impacts of the 2007 Farm Bill on the U.S. Rice Sector

Eric Wailes, Ed Chavez, Bradley Watkins and Jeffrey Hignight, University of Arkansas


Analyzing the Impact of Changes in Trade and Domestic Policies: The Case of the Soybean Complex

Yan Xia, Rafael Costa, Dwi Susanto, Parr Rosson, and Flynn Adcock, Texas A&M University

Presentation, Paper


International Trade and Budgetary Considerations of the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill Proposals

Bashir Qasmi and Evert Van der Sluis, South Dakota State University

Presentation, Paper


U.S. Corporate Agribusinesses and Farms: A Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Policy

Larry Sanders, Oklahoma State University




Selected Papers IIIB-Domestic Policy Effects


Agricultural Policy Effects on Land Allocation

Allen Featherstone and Terry Kastens, Kansas State University



Decoupled Farm Payments and the Role of Base Updating Under Uncertainty

Arathi Bhaskar and John Beghin, Iowa State University

Presentation, Paper


The Capitalization of Decoupled Government Subsidies into Agricultural Land Rents

James Whitaker, Economic Research Service–USDA

Presentation, Paper


The Impacts of Alternative Farm Bill Design on U.S. Agriculture

Keith Coble and Barry Barnett, Mississippi State University

Presentation, Paper             



12:00 - 1:30 p.m.        Lunch – Charles W. Stenholm, Senior Policy Advisor, Olsson Frank Weeda, and Former U.S. Representative (TX)


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.          Adjustment in U.S. Agriculture

Gary Adams, VP, Economics & Policy Analysis, National Cotton Council

Jackie Theriot, Director, American Sugar Cane League and Mexican Trade Taskforce, Secretary/Treasurer, Louisiana Farm Bureau


Jon Doggett, VP of Public Policy, National Corn Growers Association

Darren Coppock, CEO, National Association of Wheat Growers


Robert Guenther, Senior VP, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association


3:00 p.m.                     Final Comments and Adjourn






Sponsors:        Southern Region Research Committee on Impacts of Trade and Domestic Policies on the Competitiveness and Performance of Southern Agriculture (S-1016)

Farm Foundation

American Farm Bureau Federation

Center for North American Studies, Texas A&M University, Louisiana State University, Texas Tech University, and New Mexico State University

National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, University of Georgia

Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies, North Dakota State University



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