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NAAMIC Workshop I: North American Agrifood Market Integration: Current Situation and Perspectives


The first workshop session is designed to help its organizers define the concept of market integration, which is often used without being clearly defined in a manner that policy makers, industry leaders, and even academics can relate to in an applied context. This session is followed by a presentation on the European experience with market integration, the extent to which market integration has occurred under NAFTA, and the extent to which the achievement of market integration is a goal of the three NAFTA countries. This workshop will probe two key contemporary issues affecting market integration under NAFTA: The first issue deals with the marginalized rural population of Mexico that remain poor, have been left behind by market integration policies, or often migrate to the United States or Canada. The second session utilizes the mad cow disease experience as a case example of integrated risk/crisis management. The final wrap-up session is designed to stir reaction from industry interest groups affected by market integration.


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Conference Proceedings

North American Agrifood Market Integration: Situation and Perspectives -- Karen M. Huff, Karl D. Meilke, Ronald D. Knutson, Rene F. Ochoa, James Rude, and Antonio Yunez-Naude
 

Conference Executive Summary

English Español -- Ronald D. Knutson, Rene F. Ochoa, Karl D. Meilke, and David P. Ernstes

Session I: Economics and Definition of Market Integration

Session I is designed to help us defining market integration from an economy wide perspective. It should do so in an applied context that can be readily understood by a general audience. In doing so, it should explain related economic concepts, again in a manner that communicates with a general audience.

Chair: Walt Armbruster - Farm Foundation

Defining North American Economic Integration

Raymond Robertson, Macalester College-St. Paul, MN
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Richard Barichello, University of British Columbia
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Session II: European Perspective on Market Integration: Lessons for NAFTA

Session II has as its primary objective to learn from the steps the European Union has taken to integrate markets and the related accomplishments. Implications should be drawn for NAFTA. In particular, the paper and subsequent discussion should address the extent to which NAFTA needs to take steps in the direction of an economic union to accomplish market integration.

Chair: Karl Meilke - University of Guelph

European Perspective on Market Integration

David Harvey, University of New Castle upon Tyne, UK
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Liam McCreery, CAFTA
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Session III: Extent of Market Integration Under NAFTA

Session III has the primary objective of providing quantitative estimates of the extent of market integration under NAFTA. The economic underpinnings for the estimates need to be explained in a manner that can be readily understood. The paper should include a discussion of the extent of direct foreign investment.

Chair: Tulay Yildirim - AAFC

North American Integration in Agriculture: A Survey Paper Tom Vollrath, USDA
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Steven Zahniser, USDA
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Andrew Goldstein, AAFC
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Darcie Doan, AAFC
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Discussion--

Ken Shwedel, Rabobank-Mexico
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Session IV: Policy-makers Panel: Is Market Integration a Policy Goal?

Session IV has the primary purpose of determining the extent to which market integration is a policy goal of the NAFTA countries. Comments should provide a country perspective on NAFTA, the role of trade agreements in country policy, and the perspective on policy alternatives extending to economic unions.

Chair: Jeffrey Jones - Mexican Senate

Panel Antonio Ruiz, SAGARPA
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Lloyd Day, USDA
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Michael Keenan , AAFC
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Session V: Issues Evolving from Market Integration: The People Left Behind/Transition Policy and the Structure of the Agrifood Sector

Session V will utilize two base papers to explore the issues arising from the reality that many in Rural Mexico have not benefited from NAFTA. In relative terms, they are worse off, and constitute many of the migrants to the United States and Canada. Why did this happen and what are the solutions?

Chair: Praveen Dixit - USDA

Base Paper Ed Taylor, University of California-Davis
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Antonio Yunez, El Colegio de Mexico
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The People Left Behind: Lessons for the FTAA

Kristin Penn, Land O' Lakes International Programs
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Celso Humberto Delgado, Confederacion Nacional Campesina-CNC
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Sergio Soto, SEDESOL - Microregions Program
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Armando Paredes, National Agricultural Council (CNA)
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Session VI: Issues Evolving from Market Integration: Integration Risk/Crisis Management, BSE Case Study

The primary purpose of Session VI is to address how NAFTA and its member countries should deal with crisis situations that could lead to serious disruptions of market integration. While the Canadian discovery and handling of mad cow disease is to be used as an case study, the discussion is to be considerably broader-extending to questions of food safety, potential sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers, trade and food security.

Chair: Brian Paddock - AAFC

Base Paper

Julie Caswell, University of Massachusetts
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Dave Sparling, University of Guelph
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Discussion--

Gale Wagner, Texas A&M University
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Lynn Malmberg, L.A. Malmberg Risk Management, Ltd.
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Session VII: Conference Wrap Up with an Industry Panel Discussion on Market Integration

Session VII has a primary purpose of providing industry with an opportunity to provide their perspective on market integration. The discussants may address any aspect of the workshop papers and discussion. Of particular interest is any observation on needed policy initiatives.

Chair: Rene Ochoa- Texas A&M University

Canadian Production Sector Discussion--

Matt Taylor, Canadian Animal Health Coalition
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U.S. Production Sector Discussion--

Terry Wolf, U.S. Grains Council
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Mexican Production Sector Discussion--

César de Anda, National Poultry Producers Association
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Processing Sector Discussion--

Alvaro Madero, SIGMA
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