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Dr. Gary Williams
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Department of Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University
2124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2124

Debated and forged in a uniquely American process every few years, U.S. agricultural policy impacts markets and the profitability of farming and the cost of food not only in this country but around the world.   Hailed by U.S. agricultural producers as critical to keep American agriculture healthy, profitable, and sustainable and to insure an adequate supply of low cost food to a growing world population, U.S. agricultural policy is regularly assailed by developing countries as anti-developmental and by other developed countries as anti-competitive.  As we head into the debate on the next farm bill, both domestic and foreign pressures to reform U.S. agricultural policy in widely diverging ways are rapidly building.  Can we craft a new farm bill that meets domestic needs while complying with our obligations under WTO?  What aspects of the growing number of proposals to reform U.S. farm policy are likely to face challenges from Brazil, the European Union, China and other countries whose markets are tied increasingly closer to ours? How do the prolific agricultural policies of those countries affect our markets and inhibit our own ability to set policies that will effectively meet their goals?  Distinguished U.S. and foreign experts on U.S. and global agricultural policies will debate the global context of U.S. agricultural policies in this important conference.
Jointly hosted by the Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC), the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC), the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (COALS) at Texas A&M University, this conference will feature a Blue Bell Lecture Series speaker as the keynote presentation of the conference. As part of the COALS effort to seek “Grand Solutions to Grand Challenges,” the Blue Bell Lecture Series is designed to provide an external perspective on what COALS does and how it can uniquely approach the grand challenges we face today. Like the others in the Blue Bell Lecture series, the keynote presentation at this conference will provide context and encourage discussion on a key aspect of those challenges and how COALS can more effectively participate in the solution. For more on the Blue Bell Lecture Series and COALS Grand challenges, visit often for announcements about other upcoming events.

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The Texas A&M Agrilife Center

The AgriLife Center is located on the West Campus of Texas A&M University (TAMU) at the intersection of John Kimbrough Boulevard and Penberthy Road, across from Reed Arena.

The AgriLife Center
556 John Kimbrough Boulevard
College Station, TX 77843-2140
TAMU Interactive Campus Map

TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
PARKING: Info coming soon

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(9:00 am – 5:00 pm)


Welcome: Dr. Mark Hussey, Vice Chancellor and Dean

U.S. Agricultural Policy Update: Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director, Agriculture and Food Policy Center

International Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Policy:
Brazil: Dr. Silvia Miranda, University of Sao Paulo
European Union: Dr. Bruno Guermonprez, Catholic University of Lille, France
China: Dr. Pei Guo, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

LUNCH – Free to conference registrants


U.S. Agriculture Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Policy:
Cotton Industry: Jeff Nunley, Executive Director. South Texas Cotton and Grain Association
Corn Industry: Charles Ring, Farmer, Texas Corn Producers and U.S. Grains Council
Wheat Industry: Kody Bessent, Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Producer Relations, Texas Wheat Producers Association
Livestock Industry: Dr. David Anderson, Professor and Extension Economist – Livestock Marketing, Texas A&M University

Panel Discussion: The Global Dimensions of U.S. Agricultural Policy
Comments and Moderator: Dr. Roger Norton, Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture, Texas A&M University

Participants: International speakers (EU, Brazil, China), agriculture industry representatives, and Dr. Joe Outlaw

Closing Remarks: Dr. Gary W. Williams, Professor and Co-Director, Agribusiness, Food and Consumers Economics Research Center (AFCERC)

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Dr. Bruno Guermonprez Department of Agrarian Systems, Groupe ISA, Catholic University of Lille, France

Dr. Pei Guo – College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University

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We will have industry (livestock/dairy, grain/oilseed, cotton, fruit/vegetable) speakers.