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Monday, March 26, 2012

National Food Strategies Conference:Register Now!

Growing Our Future: Making Sense of National Food Strategies!

National agri-food policies and policy-makers shape the economic health of Canada. Growing Our Future: Making Sense of National Food Strategies, will examine which current agricultural policies work in favour of building a strong economic environment and which ones lack effectiveness.
Policy makers, food industry leaders, commodity group representatives and producers, will meet in Ottawa April 5,2012 for a discussion of crucial national food policy issues. This is an important one day conference producers in our area will want to attend.

Key note Speaker - USDA Chief Economist

This one-day event features keynote speaker Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presenting on United States Farm Policy and the World Trade Organization.
As Chief Economist, Dr. Glauber is responsible for the USDA's agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals. He’s also responsible for the Office of the Chief Economist, the World Agricultural Outlook Board, the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit analysis, the Global Change Program Office, and the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.

Full Slate of Presenters

In addition to Dr. Glauber's presentation, other topics and speakers at the Growing Our Future conference include:
• Biofuels and agricultural policy - • Bruno Larue, Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Agri-food Trade, Laval University; and Director of the Center for Research on the Economics of the Environment, Agri-food, Transports and Energy (CREATE)
• Public investment in agri-food research and development - John Cranfield, Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph and President, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES)
• Canadian direct payment programs from 1981 – 2010 - James Vercammen, Professor, Food and Resource Economics, Strategy and Business Economics, University of British Columbia; and Past President, CAES
• Food security - Murray Fulton, Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; and
Associate Member, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan
• Agricultural policy in the 21st century - Murray Fulton
• The role of agri-food policy in shaping health - John Cranfield
• Environmental beneficial management practices policies and outcomes - James Vercammen
• Current issues in supply-managed commodities - Bruno Larue

Source:Growing Our Future is presented by the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy, based in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. For more information see the full agenda atUniversity of Guelph:Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy

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