FARM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES "FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, GLOBAL ANIMAL TRADE" WORKSHOP
Sep. 5, 2012
Source: Farm Foundation, NFP news release
Passage of free trade agreements between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama represent opportunities for growth in U.S. animal product trade. A workshop Sept. 27-28, 2012, will examine the potential implications for global meat, poultry and dairy trade.
The workshop, Emerging Issues in Global Animal Product Trade: Assessing the Effects of Free Trade Agreements on Global Meat, Poultry and Dairy Trade, will take place at the offices of USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS), 355 E St. NW, Washington, D.C.
"By eliminating trade barriers, free trade agreements are changing the landscape of the animal products import and export market," says Sheldon Jones, vice president of Farm Foundation, NFP. "This workshop will highlight ongoing research to examine potential challenges and opportunities for trade in animal products, as well as to identify issues where more information is needed."
ERS is coordinating the workshop in collaboration with Farm Foundation, NFP, Texas Tech University's Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness and the S-1043 Regional Research Group.
The workshop is targeted to industry experts, policy makers, embassy attaches, market analysts, lenders, wholesale distributers, international traders, regulatory officials and the academic community. There is no fee to attend but registration is encouraged. Registration can be completed online at ERS, or link through the Farm Foundation website, where program details are also posted. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
Featured speakers at the workshop will include:
Sharon Bomer, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs
Dylan Daniels, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends
Tom Suber of the U.S. Dairy Export Council
Kevin Brosch of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
Alfred Breuer of the National Pork Producers Council
Chandler Keys of JBS USA
Jason Grant, Virginia Tech University
Thad Lively, U.S. Meat Export Federation
Passage of the U.S. Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, represent growth opportunities for U.S. meat exports. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is now in negotiations, could also lead to greater expansion of U.S. meat and dairy products.
The workshop will provide information to help expand understanding of the global context in which the U.S. meat, poultry and dairy sectors operate. Sessions will focus on how free trade agreements impact global meat, poultry and dairy trade, create the opportunity to expand market access, and address technical trade barriers. The workshop will also help ERS and other USDA agencies assess research priorities.