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3rd International 
Agricultural Trade
 & Policy Conference

December 3-4, 2003

The Naples Beach Hotel
& Golf Club

Naples, Florida, USAl

 

 

 
Hosted by:

Food & Resource Economics Department
International Agricultural Trade & Policy Center
 

Notice: As of June 24, the conference date has been changed from November 20-21 to December 3-4, 2003.
 

Project #0316

Who Should Attend

Agricultural producers and industry leaders from throughout the southeastern U.S. will have an interest in this conference. Policy makers and their constituents will be interested in this conference to gain an insight on policies producers from the southeast are interested in pursuing. Academicians with an interest in agricultural and resource policy should also attend these meetings.

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Conference Structure

The purpose of this conference is to develop a dialogue between producers and policy makers that will allow producers to voice their concerns about trade and agricultural policy. The expected results include a more informed set of producers and industry leaders who will have a better understanding of the issues and process for developing agricultural and trade policy. Policy makers will benefit from the dialogue with industry leaders and will know more about the needs of their constituents. The topics to be discussed  include:

  • Trade Agreements and Specialty Crop Issues

  • Invasive Pest Management and International Trade

  • Risk Management for Specialty Crops

  • Competitiveness and Agricultural Labor Markets

  • Country-of-Origin Labeling

  • The Situation and Outlook for Southeastern Agriculture

We expect to have several high profile speakers from the academic and policy areas presenting papers at this conference. The speakers for the conference have been selected by the organizing committee. All speakers will be asked to supply copies of their remarks to be included in the proceedings to be distributed at the conference.

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Conference Purpose

We will disseminate information about the policy process for developing new legislation and international trade agreements. There will be a presentation of research that will contribute knowledge to policy makers and the agricultural industry, helping them to better understand the issues that will be debated in Congress. There will also be a dialogue between policy makers and industry leaders so that each group has a better understanding of the issues and concerns in the agricultural industry that could have an influence on future competitiveness. The conference will also serve as a networking agent for those with common interests in policy on agricultural issues. 

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Overview

The agricultural industry in the southern U.S. will benefit from this conference by providing a forum for dialogue on issues that will impact the competitiveness of southern agriculture. This conference will provide a forum where the agricultural industry will have an opportunity to influence agricultural and trade policy, helping to shape it so that southern producers become more competitive in our global economy.  

Agriculture in the southeast is at a crossroads with new farm legislation that was implemented in 2002, and with new trade agreements being negotiated that could have both positive and negative benefits to producers throughout the southeast. Growers are also being asked to cope with more regulations that impact their competitiveness. It is critical that these producers form their opinions on policy by being informed about their potential influences on competitiveness. This conference will allow them to learn more about these policies and to develop a dialogue with policy makers who will influence the outcome of these policies.

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Tentative Agenda

 


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  • Wed., Dec. 3, 2003

  • Thurs., Dec. 4, 2003

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2003

    8:30am–5:00pm

    Registration Open

    9:00am–9:30am

    Opening and Keynote Address

    Convener: Thomas H. Spreen, Chair, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

    WelcomePat Cockrell, Director of Agricultural Policy, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Gainesville, FL

    Keynote AddressDr. Michael Martin, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

    9:30am–10:15am

    Session I:  Invasive Pest Management and International Trade

    Moderator: Dr. Martha Roberts, Deputy Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Tallahassee, FL

     - Edward A. Evans, Assistant Executive Director, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Facilitating International Trade While Protecting Domestic Agriculture and Natural Ecosystems from Invasive Species: The Dilemma.”

     - David Zilberman, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, “An Integrated Multi-Dimensional Risk-Management Approach to Controlling Invasive Species.”

    10:15am–10:30am

    Refreshment Break

    10:30am–12:00pm

    Session II: Trade Agreements and Specialty Crop Issues

    Moderator: Mike Stuart, President, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Orlando, FL

    - Timothy Josling, Professor and Senior Fellow, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, “An Academic Perspective on Current Trade Negotiations.”

     - Andy LaVigne, President, Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, FL, “An Industry Perspective on Current Trade Negotiations.”

     - Terry McCoy, Director, Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, “Perspectives on the Miami Ministerial for the FTAA Negotiations.”

    12:00pm–1:15pm

    Served Luncheon

    Host: Jimmy Cheek, Dean of Academic Programs and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

     - Adam Putnam, U.S. Congressman, Florida’s 12th Congressional District, Washington, DC, “U.S. Trade Negotiations – Opportunities and Concerns.” (Invited)

    1:30pm–3:00pm

    Session III: Agriculture and the Everglades

    Moderator: Walter Armbruster, President, Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL

     - Fritz Roka, Associate Professor, Southwest Florida REC, University of Florida/IFAS, Immokalee, FL, “The Impact of Government Regulation on Florida’s Agricultural Industry.”

     - Pamela Mac'Kie, Deputy Executive Director, Land and West Coast Resources, South Florida Water Management District, “Managing Florida’s Water Resources in the Midst of Urban Growth, Agriculture and Everglades Restoration.”

     - Larry Beasley, Division Vice President, Technical Services, A. Duda & Sons, Inc., Oviedo, FL, “Competing in a Global Market in a Sensitive Agricultural Land Area.”

    3:00pm–3:30pm

    Refreshment Break

    3:30pm–4:30pm

    Session IV: Risk Management for Specialty Crops

    Moderator: Reggie Brown, General Manager, Florida Tomato Committee, Orlando, FL

    - Richard Weldon, Associate Professor, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Obstacles and Opportunities to Implementing Risk Management Programs for Producers.”

    - Keith Collins, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, “Government Initiatives To Help Growers Manage Price and Production Risk.”

    - Michael R. Moore, Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Office, Valdosta, GA, "Current Status of Crop Insurance for Specialty Crops."

    4:30pm–5:30pm

    Session V: Competitiveness and Agricultural Labor Markets

    Moderator: Ben Bolusky, Executive Vice President, Florida Nurserymen & Growers Association, Orlando, FL

    - Robert Emerson, Professor, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Innovative Tools for Agricultural Labor Risk Management.”

     - Austin Perez, Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation, “Approaches to Seasonal Labor Needs.”

    6:15pm–7:30pm

    Reception

    7:30pm–10:00pm

    Dinner

    Host: Dr. Michael Martin, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

    - Charles Bronson, Commissioner of Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “The U.S. Agenda for Trade Negotiations.”

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    Thursday, December 4, 2003

    7:30am–8:30am

    Continental Breakfast

    8:30am–10:00am

    Session VI: Situation and Outlook for Southeast Agriculture I

    Moderator: David Mulkey, Extension Coordinator, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

    - Ron Muraro, Professor, Citrus REC, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL, and Thomas Spreen, Chair, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Citrus.” 

    - Al Wysocki, Assistant Professor, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL and John VanSickle, Executive Director, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Vegetables.” 

    - John Haydu, Professor, Mid-Florida REC, Apopka, FL and Alan Hodges, Associate In, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Ornamentals.”

    - Tom Anton, Assistant Professor, Range Cattle REC, University of Florida/IFAS, Ona, FL, and Tim Hewitt, Professor, North Florida REC, University of Florida/IFAS, Marianna, FL, “Livestock.” 

    10:00am–10:30am

    Break

    10:30am–11:15am

    Session VII: Policy Perspectives

    Moderator: Richard Kilmer, Professor, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

     - John VanSickle, Executive Director, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL, “Update on COOL Legislation.”

     - C. Robert Taylor, AGFA Professor of Agricultural Economics, Auburn University, AL, "Market Concentration and Current U.S. Policy."

    11:15am–12:00pm

    Wrap-Up and Adjourn: Making Sense of It All 

    Moderator and Provocateur: Pat Cockrell, Director of Agricultural Policy, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Gainesville, FL and Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center.

    Panelists: (Board members of the International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center)

     - Walt Armbruster, President, Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL

     - Ben Bolusky, Executive Vice President, Florida Nurserymen & Growers Association, Orlando, FL

     - Reggie Brown, General Manager, Florida Tomato Committee, Orlando, FL

     - Keith Collins, Chief Economist, USDA, Washington, DC

     - Andy LaVigne, President, Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, FL

     - Adam Putnam, U.S. Congressman, Florida’s 12th Congressional District, Washington, DC

     - Martha Roberts, Deputy Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Tallahassee, FL

     - Mike Stuart, President, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Orlando, FL

    12:30pm–5:00pm

    Agriculture and the Everglades Tour (Tour fee required)

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    Registration Information

    Reduced early registration fee is $100.00 if payment is postmarked by October 17, 2003. After October 17, 2003, the regular registration fee is $150.00. Registration fee for students and state extension specialists and agents is $50.00. Registration fees include: daily refreshment breaks, a luncheon, reception and dinner on Wednesday, a continental breakfast on Thursday, conference materials, and a copy of the proceedings. An optional tour of “Agriculture and the Everglades” is being offered with an added $50 registration fee.

    We are delighted you wish to register for the 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference. While Advance Registration is closed, we will be happy to register you onsite at the conference, and look forward to your participation. Thank you.

    Cancellation and Refunds: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notice of cancellation is received by the IFAS Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before November 10, 2003. A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellation after November 10, 2003.

    Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at
    1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

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    Optional Field Trip

    "Agriculture and the Everglades" is an optional tour being planned for Thursday, December 4, 2003 from 12:30pm - 5:00pm. We plan to take a boat tour of the Everglades and then travel to a farming operation on the northern edge where we will have a short tour and hear from the producer about co-existing with the Everglades restoration. Boxed lunches and drinks will be provided. A $50.00 registration fee will cover the expenses. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you plan to attend. Space may be limited. Please check the conference web site periodically for updated information.

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    Conference Location

    The conference will be held at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, one of southwest Florida’s most prestigious conference facilities. The Hotel also boasts its own 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, large free form pool, and many activities for the enjoyment of everyone in the family.

    December weather in Naples is absolutely ideal, with an average temperature high of 78ºF (25ºC) and an average low of 58ºF (13ºC). Informal dress will be appropriate throughout the conference, and many of our social functions will be held outdoors overlooking the scenic Gulf of Mexico.

    Just Where is Naples, Florida?

    Naples is situated on the edge of the Florida Everglades, 110 miles (180 km) west of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and 150 miles (240 km) south of Tampa. The city is easily reached by air or by automobile. Most major domestic carriers and international airlines provide frequent service into Southwest Florida International Airport, just 40 minutes from the hotel, and shuttle service is available. There is frequent commuter service from Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville to the Naples Airport, less than 10 miles (16 km) away.

    NOTE: Accompanying persons can arrange for visits to local points of interest by contacting the Concierges Desk at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

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    Hotel Accommodations

    Where Hospitality is a Family Tradition
    851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
    Naples, Florida 34102
    PH 239-261-2222 / FAX 239-261-7380
    www.naplesbeachhotel.com

    The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples, Florida 34102, is offering participants of the 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference, a very special guest room rate of $110.00 (plus nine percent tax) with one or two people in a room. The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the conference, based on availability.

    To qualify for the special rate, reservations must be made prior to November 13, 2003. Be sure to specify you are attending the 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference. After November 13, 2003, guestrooms and the group rate may no longer be available. As this is a discounted group rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents.

    Please contact the hotel directly by telephone at 1-800-237-7600 (within the U.S.) / 1-239-261-2222 (outside the U.S.) or complete and submit the "Hotel Reservation Form."

    Hotel Reservation Form

    (PDF format)

    You may also book online through The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club website http://www.naplesbeachhotel.com/rates/rates.htm by clicking on Group Reservations and entering password: UNI1202.

    Special Instructions:
    A first night’s room deposit must be made with a credit card to ensure confirmation of your hotel reservation. For any reservations that "no show", this deposit will be forfeited. Room deposits will be considered non-refundable if canceled within eight (8) days of your arrival date.

    Please visit the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club web site www.naplesbeachhotel.com to learn more about some of the hotel's special features including golfing, tennis, complimentary valet parking and much more!

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    Transportation Information

    Airport Shuttle Transportation Information

    Maxi-taxi Shuttle Transportation / Phone: 239-598-2600

    • Maxi-taxi will pickup IATPC participants who have made shuttle reservations from the Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers within 30 minutes of their arrival and take participants to the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Course.
    • The shuttle service will also be providing transportation to other stops in the Naples area. Therefore, travel time will vary from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on traffic and if maxi-taxi makes additional stops. The Maxi-taxi shuttle will stop a maximum of three times on any given run in order to keep travel duration to a minimum.

    • The Maxi-taxi driver will be waiting inside the airport terminal, across from baggage claims, near the escalators. Look for a person with a Maxi-taxi and IATPC identification sign. If you have any questions upon arrival, please go to the information transportation booth outside the airport’s entrance.

    • Reservations MUST be made no later than 48 hours in advance to receive transportation.

    • The following rates will be honored

    ONE WAY Transportation cost:
    One IATPC participant = $35 one-way, per person
    Two IATPC participants = $35 - one-way, per person cost = $17.50
    Three IATPC participants = $40 one-way, per person cost = $13.33
    Four or more IATPC participants traveling together = $13.00 one-way, per person

    *Transportation cost will be based on the number of IATPC participants on the shuttle using the above scale.
    *Additional charge of $5.00 will be added for arrivals after 11:00pm or pick-ups in Naples between 4:30am - 5:30am.
    *15-18% gratuity for the driver is suggested. 20% will be added to all charge fares.

    • To make a reservation, call Maxi-taxi at 239-598-2600. Be sure to have the following information:

    Shuttle from the Southwest Florida International Airport to the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
    1) Name of Conference - 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference (IATPC)
    2) Number of Passengers in your group requesting shuttle transportation
    3) Name of Passengers
    4) Arrival date
    5) Arrival time
    6) Flight information

    Shuttle from the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club to the Southwest Florida International Airport
    1) Name of Conference - 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference (IATPC)
    2) Number of Passengers in your group requesting shuttle transportation
    3) Name of Passengers
    4) Departure date for pick-up from the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Course
    5) Departure time for pick-up Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Course
    6) Flight information

    • Maxi-taxi also offers private transfers beginning at one passenger $55.00 (one-way).

    • Call Maxi-taxi to find out more about their private direct services.

    • This shuttle information is also available as a printable PDF file. CLICK HERE.
      (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF file.)

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    Conference Sponsors

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 3rd International Agricultural Trade & Policy Conference , click here to print a form containing more information on sponsorship opportunities. (Adobe Acrobat PDF file) Contact the Conference Organizer if you have sponsorship questions.


    Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

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    Related Links

     

    Agricultural Institute
     of Canada

    2003 Conference

    Australian Agricultural and
    Resource Economics Society
    AARES


    University of Florida / IFAS
    Monroe County Extension


    Florida Citrus
    Processors Association

    The Florida Citrus Web Site
    Florida Department of Citrus

     

    Florida Grower
    Florida Grower Magazine

     

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    Program Committee
    • John VanSickle, Conference Chair and Organizer, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, IFAS

    • Edward A. Evans, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, IFAS

    • David Mulkey, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, IFAS

    • Tom Spreen, International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, IFAS

    • Pat Cockrell, Director of Agricultural Policy, Florida Farm Bureau

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    Speaker Information

    The following speaker information is in Adobe PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF files. 

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    Questions?
    Program Information
    John VanSickle
    Conference Chair and Organizer
    Director, International Agricultural Trade 
              and Policy Center
    Food & Resource Economics Department
    University of Florida
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
    PO Box 110240
    Gainesville, FL  32611-0240
    PHONE:  352-392-1881, Ext 221 / FAX: 352-392-9898
    EMAIL: sickle@ufl.edu
    Registration Information
    Sharon Borneman
    Conference Coordinator
    Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI) 
    University of Florida Leadership and 
              Education Foundation, Inc.  (UFLEF)
    Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
    PO Box 110750
    Building 639, Mowry Road
    Gainesville, FL  32611-0750
    PHONE: 352-392-5930 / FAX: 352-392-9734
    EMAIL spborneman@ifas.ufl.edu
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