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NAAMIC Workshop III: Achieving NAFTA Plus


This is the third of a series of annual applied policy-oriented workshops related to market integration. The workshops focus on NAFTA, but consider the relationships and implications for trade agreements within the broader Western Hemisphere. The workshops are conducted under the auspices of the North American Agrifood Market Integration Consortium (NAAMIC). The objective of NAAMIC is to foster dialogue on market integration issues concerning the agriculture and food sectors of the NAFTA countries. More specific objectives include:

  • To share information and foster interaction among industry, academic and government stakeholders on issues relating to market integration.
  • To foster research on market integration.
  • To evaluate impacts and interactions of country policies, programs, and regulations on market integration.
  • To define, identify, and evaluate policies that could advance market integration.

NAAMIC was preceded by nine annual Agricultural and Food Policy Information Workshops conducted by the Policy Disputes Information Consortium. These workshops identified and evaluated conditions that have led to trade disputes, the economic and legal foundations of trade disputes, the policies that foster trade disputes, and the means of resolving them. To the extent that trade disputes and their resolution affect market integration, they will continue to be a subtopic for discussion. However, the NAAMIC workshops are designed to focus on a more encompassing and proactive discussion of the concept of market integration, its extent, the forces encouraging and impeding market integration, and the impacts of public and private sector policies, programs, and regulations on market integration.

The NAAMIC workshops are built around a series of commissioned papers that are intended to reflect scholarly thought and research on specific topics related to market integration. Papers prepared for these workshops will serve as the basis for discussion by an audience of invited industry, government and academic participants. While the commissioned papers and related discussion should develop lessons from current and past experiences, emphasis should be placed upon the future of NAFTA and additional alliances that may develop as well as upon adapting policies, programs, and regulations to contemporary and anticipated agrifood industry developments.

Theme of the Third NAAMIC Workshop

Since NAFTA was formed more than a decade ago, many changes have occurred in the global economic and policy environment. Examples include the formation of the World Trade Organization, the expansion of the European Union, the expansion of the use of trade agreements, and the rise of China and Brazil as new major agrifood competitive forces. Unchanged is the use of domestic agricultural programs by each of the NAFTA countries designed to bolster farm income and protect their farmers from ever increasing competitive forces. These conditions raise the question of whether achieving future market integration gains from NAFTA will require significant changes in the NAFTA strategies and operating procedures? Such changes are referred to in this workshop as “NAFTA Plus,” meaning that they extend beyond the current framework of the NAFTA agreement and/or its strategies and operating procedures. Making such fundamental changes will expose NAFTA farmers and agribusiness to new competitive forces, which requires that consideration be given to the much ignored issues of transition or adjustment policies to facilitate trade, market integration, and agricultural policy changes.

In the previous workshops, several suggestions have been made to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of NAFTA in achieving market integration in the agrifood sectors. The third NAAMIC workshop will build on and go beyond these recommendations by questioning the role of NAFTA in the newly evolving competitive environment in which NAFTA finds itself. In so doing, the workshop will discuss specific strategies for making its agrifood sectors more competitive internationally while achieving significantly higher levels of market integration.


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Conference Proceedings

Achieving NAFTA Plus-- Karen M. Huff, Karl D. Meilke, Ronald D. Knutson, Rene F. Ochoa, and James Rude
 

Conference Executive Summary

Executive Summary -- Ronald D. Knutson, Rene F. Ochoa, Karl D. Meilke, and David P. Ernstes
 

Welcome

Karl D. Meilke, University of Guelph

Conference Participants

Session I: Future of NAFTA

Chair: Ken Clayton - USDA-AMS

Future of NAFTA Plus base paper

Karl D. Meilke, University of Guelph
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Steven Zahniser, USDA-ERS
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James Rude, University of Manitoba
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Discussion--

Stephen Whitney, Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation
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Eugenio Salinas, XIGNUX
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Session II: Challenges and Opportunities from Outside NAFTA

Chair: Gloria Abraham - IICA-Mexico
Brazil base paper

Constanza Valdes, USDA-ERS
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Elisio Contini, Ministry of Agriculture-Brazil
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Arnaldo Chibbaro, IICA
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Ivan Wedekin, Ministry of Agriculture-Brazil
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Discussion--

Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
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Session III: Challenges and Opportunities from Outside NAFTA

Chair: David Hope - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

China base paper
Scott Rozelle, University of California-Davis
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Daniel Sumner, University of California-Davis
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Mechel Paggi, University of California-Fresno
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Jikun Huang, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, CAS
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Discussion--

Brad Gilmour, AAFC
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Brian Grunenfelder, USDA-FAS
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Session IV: Producer Panel Reaction

Chair: Walter Armbruster - Farm Foundation

Producer Panel   Eduardo Palau, CAADES
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John Hardin, Jr., Indiana Producer
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Barb Isman, Canola Council
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Session V: Transitional Policies to Facilitate Trade and Domestic Agricultural Policy Changes

Chair: John Dunmore - USDA-ERS
Trade and Adjustment Policies

Richard Blabey, formerly of USDA-FAS
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Discussion--

Armando Chacón, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, A.C.
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Jon Huenemann, Miller & Chevalier Chartered
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Lessons from New Zealand's Agriculture Policy Reform

Ralph Lattimore, NZIER
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Discussion--

Mary Ledman, Keough Ledman Associates, Inc.
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Yvonne Stinson, Comercio Global Consultores, S.C.
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Session VI: Transitional Policies to Facilitate Trade and Domestic Agricultural Policy Changes

Chair: Cameron Short - AAFC

Buyouts

David Orden, IFPRI
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Discussion--

Ken Schwedel, Rabobank-Mexico
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Production Control Policy Reform Options  Rick Barichello, University of British Columbia
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John A.L. Cranfield, University of Guelph
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Karl D. Meilke, University of Guelph
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Discussion--

Mike Nailor, Chicken Farmers of Ontario
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Session VII: Government Reaction

Chair: Ronald Knutson - Texas A&M University
Government Reaction Panel Jan Dyer, AAFC
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Suzanne Heinen, USDA
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Antonio Ruiz, SAGARPA
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