Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshops


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In 2004, the Policy Disputes Information Consortium was succeeded by a successor organization, the North American Agrifood Market Integration Consortium.

In 1995, a small, invited group of U.S. and Canadian agricultural economists met to examine trade disputes in the grain sector and to increase knowledge and understanding of policy instruments in the two countries. The next year, a follow-up workshop studied issues in the U.S. and Canadian dairy industries. While the first workshop consisted predominantly of university and government agricultural economists, the second and subsequent workshops have included perspectives from agribusiness as well.

The third workshop (1997) addressed harmonization, convergence, and compatibility in agricultural and agri-food policy. For the first time, Mexican participants joined the gathering, making the workshop tri-national. The theme of the fourth workshop (1998) was the economic harmonization of the grain-livestock subsector in the NAFTA countries. A fifth workshop (1999) emphasized NAFTA's impact on the agricultural sectors of the three countries, as well as the potential for a Western Hemisphere free trade agreement. A sixth workshop (2000) focused on the lessons to date from the NAFTA experience.

Continuing the by-invitation-only format, the seventh workshop (2001) examined structural changes in the three countries. An eighth workshop (2002) was titled "Keeping the Borders Open." In 2003, a ninth workshop, "Farm Policy Developments and Policy Tensions Under NAFTA," was held.

The Policy Disputes Information Consortium is grateful to the following organizations who have provided funding for these workshops and the dissemination of their proceedings:

Competition Bureau, Industry Canada


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