Structural Change as a Source of Trade Disputes Under NAFTA

(2001) Tucson, Arizona, USA


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The Seventh Agricultural and Food Policy Information Workshop was held February 14-17, 2001, in Tucson, Arizona. This workshop provided a thorough analysis of the relationships between NAFTA and structural change and answered questions regarding the impacts of free trade on structure and competition within agriculture and the agri-food industry.

The workshop organizers wish to thank the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Research Network (University of Guelph - University of Saskatchewan - Laval Université), Cargill, Ltd., El Colegio de México (PRECESAM/Ford & Hewlett Foundations), Farm Foundation, Royal Bank of Canada, SAGARPA, United States Department of Agriculture (AMS, ERS, FAS) for generously providing funding for this workshop and the dissemination of its proceedings.

 

Structural Change as a Source of Trade Disputes Under NAFTA. R.M.A. Loyns, Karl Meilke, Ronald D. Knutson and Antonio Yunez-Naude, eds. Proceedings of the Seventh Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshop. Winnipeg, Canada: Friesen Printers, February 2002.


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Executive Summary Publication


"Structural Change as a Source of Trade Disputes Under NAFTA: Executive Summary" --edited by Ron Knutson and Rene Ochoa

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Full Proceedings (Large File 1,888KB) --edited by R.M.A. Loyns, Ronald D. Knutson, Karl Meilke and Antonio Yunez-Naude

Proceedings Executive Summary

Executive Summary --edited by R.M.A. Loyns, Ronald D. Knutson, Karl Meilke and Antonio Yunez-Naude

Section 1: Structural Parameters for the Agri-Food Industry Within NAFTA


"Structural Change in an Era of Increased Openness: A Background Paper on the Structure of U.S. Agriculture" --Steven Zahniser, Robert Hoppe, James Johnson and David Banker

"Overview of Agriculture Strucuctural Parameters for Canada" --Margaret Zafiriou and David Smith

"Overview of Agriculture Strucuctural Parameters for Mexico" --Andres Rosenzweig, SAGAR

Section 2: Farm Structure Under Free Trade

"Structure of Farming Under Freer Trade Among NAFTA Countries" --Luther Tweeten, Richard Gray and Salomón Salcedo

Discussion --Bailey Farms, Inc. --Varel Bailey
Discussion --Grupo Maseca --Rolando de Lassé
Discussion --Western Agri-Food Institute --Owen McAuley

General Discussion


Section 3: Competition Under Free Trade


"Concentration and Market Power in Canadian Agribusiness" --James Rude and Murray Fulton

"Agribusiness Concentration, Competition and NAFTA" --James MacDonald

"Concentration and Market Power in Mexican Agribusiness" --Hector Celis

Discussion --Anti-Trust Division-U.S. Department of Justice --Robert McGeorge
Discussion --Competition Bureau, Industry Canada --Halldor Palsson
Discussion --Castañeda y Asociados --Gabriel Castañeda

General Discussion

Section 4: Subsector Analysis


"Implications for Trade Tension and Disputes from Structural Impacts of the NAFTA: A U.S. Pork Industry Perspective" --Steve Meyer

"Implications for Trade Tension and Disputes from Structural Impacts of the NAFTA: A Canadian Hog Industry Perspective" --Martin Rice

Discussion --Consejo Mexicano de Porcicultura (Mexican Pork Council) --Enrique Dominguez,
Discussion --Canadian Perspective --Ed Tyrchniewicz,

"Cattle/Beef Subsector's Structure and Competition under Free Trade" --David Anderson, William Kerr, Guillermo Sanchez, and Rene Ochoa

Discussion: --AgInfo Link --Anne Anderson
Discussion: --Canadian Cattlemen's Association --Dennis Laycraft
Discussion: --Rabobank International-Mexico --Ken Shwedel

"Issues and Trends in the U.S. Field Crop Sector" --Demcey Johnson

"Field Crop Subsector Structure and Competition under Free Trade: Canada" --Kurt Klein

"Mexico's Basic- Crops Subsector: Structure and Competition under Free Trade" --Antonio Yunez-Naude

Discussion --United Grain Growers --Blair Rutter,
Discussion --UNAM --Fernando Rello,

General Discussion

Section 5: Role of Government in Facilitating Change


"Policy Options for Facilitating Change and Maintaining Competition under Conditions of Free Trade Within NAFTA" --Ron Knutson, Texas A&M University, Al Loyns, Prairie Horizons, Ltd., and Rene Ochoa, Texas A&M University

Discussion --AAFC --Robert J. MacGregor

General Discussion


Al Loyns (Prairie Horizons Ltd), senior editor
David P. Ernstes (Texas A&M University), PDIC webmaster
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