The impacts of U.S. agricultural policy on producers, suppliers and retailers, and international trade will be examined at the Nov. 15-16 conference, Domestic and Trade Impacts of U.S. Farm Policy: Future Directions and Challenges. The conference will be at the Holiday Inn Capitol and at the offices of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, ranking Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will open the conference 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 keynote luncheon speaker Nov. 16.

“There is strong interest in a new farm bill and how it may coincide with U.S. obligations in the World Trade Organization. The conference will address this and other important aspects of our policies," says Parr Rosson, director of the Center for North American Studies, a Texas A&M University economist and one of the conference organizers.

The program highlights four key areas – industry perspectives, producer perspectives, impacts of domestic agricultural policy to international trade agreement, and the perspectives of developing countries.

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 of 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 also participate in the program.

Conference sponsors are Farm Foundation; the Southern Region Research Committee; 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 at the University of Georgia; and the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University.

There is a $350 per person conference registration fee. For more information about the event, follow this link or contact Parr Rosson, Texas A&M, (979)-845-3070, prosson@tamu.edu or Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation, (630) 571-9393, mary@farmfoundation.org