China's impact on world trade is huge. That will be the message at the 2005 Breimyer Seminar to be held May 16, at the University of Missouri.

"China is the world's largest producer - and consumer - of food," says Ron Plain, University of Missouri agricultural economist and program coordinator. "China has the potential to be both our biggest competitor and our biggest customer. Which way it goes has major implications for U.S. farm prices."

Last year, China spent $6 billion on U.S. farm products. It shipped $2 billion in farm products to the United States.

Pat Westhoff, international analyst at the university's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, says, "China usually turns out to be the wild card in all trade forecasts." He will discuss "Trends in Chinese Agriculture" at the daylong meeting.

The keynote speaker, Frederick Crook, formerly with USDA who lived in China for 10 years, will "Where China is Headed." He now heads The China Group, a consulting firm in Virginia.

Gary Allee, professor of animal science, who spent time on Chinese swine farms during a sabbatical leave will discuss the "The Pork Industry in China." China is the fourth largest customer for U.S. pork exports. It also has the fastest growing swine herd in the world.

Additional speakers will provide information and perspectives.

The conference will end with a look at "Consumers in China," by Yin Xia, of the university's Agricultural Economics Department.

Public discussion is a hallmark of this seminar, says Plain.

The events' $20 registration fee covers lunch and handouts. To register, contact Joyce White, conference coordinator at (573) 882-6533 or e-mail to whitej@missouri.edu. Pre-registration is recommended.