STRENGTHENING Texas' role in agricultural export markets will be the focus of a two-day summit in Houston at the Hyatt Regency International featuring experts from around the globe.

The International Agricultural Trade Summit, in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Forum, is scheduled for Nov. 14-15. The summit will allow producers and agribusinesses to receive a first-hand look at important issues affecting today's trade of foods and other agricultural goods.

"This is a great opportunity for participants to learn more about the progress being made at the World Trade Organization," said Parr Rosson, co-chairman of the summit planning committee. "It's an opportunity to hear first-hand about progress being made to reduce foreign export subsidies and the prospects for expanding export markets for U.S. agricultural products."

Existing programs under consideration for review among the World Trade Organization include discussion of further reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and reduction in export subsidies and the discipline of state trading enterprises.

The summit will cater to ranchers, farmers, agribusinesses, retailers, consumers, government and natural resource leaders who have a particular stake in the international trade of Texas agricultural products and commodities.

These groups should take particular interest after the U.S. Senate's recent approval of normalizing trade between the United States and China.