Industry and government experts will discuss both domestic and trade impacts of proposed U.S. farm policy at a conference Nov. 15-16 in Washington.
The conference, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol and American Farm Bureau Federation Offices, will examine global implications of proposed U.S. farm legislation being debated in U.S. Congress.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, ranking Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will be the kickoff speaker 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 scheduled keynote luncheon speaker Nov. 16.
"A number of top experts will be discussing the international implications of our farm programs and the future challenges the agricultural industry will be facing," said Dr. Parr Rosson, director of the Center for North American Studies and Texas Cooperative Extension economist.
"There is strong interest in a new farm bill and how it may coincide with U.S. obligations in the World Trade Organization and the conference will address this and other important aspects of our policies," Rosson said.
Scheduled featured 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, 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 participate in the program.
Register with the Farm Foundation, www.farmfoundation.org/projects/0823TradeandFarmPolicy.htm.
Sponsors are the Southern Region Research Committee, Farm Foundation, 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, University of Georgia Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies, North Dakota State University.