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NAAMIC Workshop II: Agrifood Regulatory and Policy Integration under Stress


As market integration progresses, recent events in the North American agrifood sector have prompted questions about whether integration should have occurred in the first place. Much of the controversy has been focused on pork and beef. Questions arise as to how can the NAFTA members continue to cooperate on important issues when things go so wrong in the agrifood sector that the beef and pork sectors are actually disintegrating. Major trade disputes, involving trade remedy laws are dealt with in the context of formal panel processes established by the NAFTA and the WTO. But, how can NAFTA most effectively deal with other trade irritants? What forms of cooperation are in place to fulfill NAFTA’s objective of deeper market integration? Are institutions in place to cope with the frictions that affect the implementation, administration, and enforcement of NAFTA? Should these processes or institutions be bilateral or trilateral? What has worked and what has not worked?

One of the major conclusions of the First Annual NAAMIC Workshop was the need for the coordination of policies and regulations across the NAFTA countries and for a uniform consensus position in the WTO. If NAFTA cannot manage its own internal affairs, how can it arrive at a unified position in the WTO?

With these issues in mind and building on the insights gained in the first NAAMIC workshop, the Second Annual NAAMIC Workshop will evaluate alternative methods for achieving policy, program, and regulatory coordination under NAFTA. This will be accomplished by surveying the experience with existing coordination mechanisms, by utilizing case studies from beef and pork, and by evaluating the potential for the coordination of domestic farm policies.


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Conference Proceedings

Agrifood Regulatory and Policy Integration Under Stress-- Karen M. Huff, Karl D. Meilke, Ronald D. Knutson, Rene F. Ochoa, and James Rude
 

Conference Executive Summary

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

Welcome

Ron Knutson, Texas A&M University
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Session I

Chair: Karl Meilke - University of Guelph

Approaches to regulatory coordination mechanisms

Ling Lee, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
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Lynne Hanson, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
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Tina Green, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
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Steven Zahniser, US Department of Agriculture - ERS
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Héctor Fanghanel, Grupo Plus-Mexico
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Economic and supply chain implications of beef and pork market disintegration 
Disruption in the supply chain for beef and pork. What has happened and what was NAFTA doing?

Danny G. Leroy, University of Lethbridge
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Jeevika Weerahewa, University of Guelph
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David Anderson, Texas A&M University
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Discussion--

Enrique Salinas, Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila
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Jay Whetten, Beef Producer/Binational Tuberculosis Committee
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Implications of persistent disharmony in beef and pork for industry structure Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
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Jean-Philippe Gervais, Laval University
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Lunch Program
José Villasana Gutiérrez -
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Session II

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John Masswohl, Canadian Cattlemen's Association
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Carlos Patron, Norson/Smithfield - Mexico
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Gregg Doud, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
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The Design of Integrated Animal Health Systems in the NAFTA Countries

 

A NAFTA Approach to Animal Health and Biosecurity: Pipe Dream or Possibility?

David Sparling, University of Guelph
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Julie Caswell, University of Massachusetts
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Matt Taylor, Canadian Animal Health Coalition
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Rick Willer, US Animal Health Association
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Peter Fernandez, US Department of Agriculture - APHIS
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Javier Trujillo, SAGARPA-SENASICA
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Session III

Chair: James Rude - University of Manitoba

Approaches to an assessment of farm policy coordination mechanisms. Ken Ash, OECD
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The next U.S. Farm Bill.

Robert L. Thompson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Jay Armstrong, Armstrong Farms
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Kevin Muxlow, Alberta Barley Commission
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Alejandro Varela, Beef Producers/Binational Tuberculosis Committee
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William Wallace, Chihuahua Cattlemen's Association
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Session IV

Chair: Antonio Yúnez - El Colegio de México

The Developing Country Perspective  Patricia Aguilar, House of Representatives-Mexico
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Fabio Ribas Chaddad, IBMEC-Brazil
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Gloria Abraham, IICA-Mexico
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Mark Lange, National Cotton Council
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Session V

Chair: Walt Armbruster - Farm Foundation

Discussion--

Michael Keenan, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
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Jeffrey Jones, Mexico Senate
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Joseph Glauber, US Department of Agriculture
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Institutional implications for policy coordination

William Kerr, University of Saskatchewan
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Ron Knutson, Texas A&M University
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Rene Ochoa, Texas A&M University
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