Emerging Issues in Global Animal Product Trade

Theme: Assessing the Effects of Free Trade Agreements on Global Meat, Poultry, and Dairy Trade

Sponsored by: Economic Research Service, Farm Foundation, NFP, the Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness, and the S-1043 Regional Research Group

Location and date
Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
355 E ST SW, Washington, DC
September 27-28, 2012

Trade agreements are important to expanding U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy exports. The passage of U.S. free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama represents substantial and immediate growth opportunities for U.S. animal products. The presently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership could also lead to an expansion of U.S. meat, poultry, and dairy exports. The primary objective of this conference was to provide a forum where researchers, industry experts, market participants, and policymakers can meet to increase their knowledge of free trade agreements and their importance in eliminating barriers to global animal product trade.

The two-day conference featured invited and selected presentations. Guest speakers included researchers, analysts, and policymakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, and other Government agencies, international organizations, academia, and representatives from producer and export groups such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, American Meat Institute, National Pork Producers Council, and the U.S. Dairy Export Council.