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The 2007 Farm Bill Debate: Converging Domestic and International Policy Imperatives

35th IPC Seminar
Washington, DC
May 24, 2005
This IPC seminar focused on international issues with reference to the potential implications and repercussions on US agriculture, including the changing demand and supply for food and agricultural products; the importance of economic growth in developing countries; and the need to achieve positive results in the WTO agricultural negotiations. The seminar also discussed how US agricultural policy can achieve domestic goals: promoting the competitiveness of US farmers and ranchers; conserving natural resources and protecting the environment; and supporting rural communities.

Key Speakers

  • Charlie Stenholm, Senior Government Affairs Advisor, Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C. and former Ranking Member, United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee
  • Franz Fischler, former European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, and Fisheries
  • Al Ambrose, Past Chairman of NOPA and NOPA International Trade Committee, United States
  • David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World, United States
  • Jim Grueff, former Agricultural Trade Negotiator, United States
  • Mark Drabenstott, Vice President and Director, Center for the Study of Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, United States
  • Craig Hill, Vice-Chairman, Iowa Farm Bureau, United States
  • Don Villwock, President, Indiana Farm Bureau, United States
  • Robert Schramm, Schramm, Williams and Associates, United States
  • Craig Cox, Executive Vice President, Soil and Water Conservation Society, United States
  • Isabelle Garzon, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley and former agricultural advisor to EU Commissioner Pascal Lamy
  • J. Read Smith, Farmer and Co-Chair, National Ag Energy Working Group, United States

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