The W.T.O. & The 2007 Farm Bill

Keith Good

FarmPolicy.com Today, the sixth annual W.T.O. Ministerial meeting gets underway in Hong Kong. On the agenda: The Doha Developmental round of trade negotiations.

This is a good time to briefly discuss some of the technical issues associated with the talks, and what these specific rules could mean for future U.S. domestic farm policy.

Although it’s easy to speak generically about “farm subsidies,” it’s very important to remember that the W.T.O. classifies subsidies into three specific categories- or “boxes.”

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International Pressure On Domestic Farm Programs

Keith Good

FarmPolicy.comThe long awaited sixth W.T.O. Ministerial Conference will be held in Hong Kong, China, next week (Dec. 13–18).

According to the W.T.O. webpage, “This sixth conference will be vital for enabling the four-year-old Doha Development Agenda (D.D.A.) negotiations forward sufficiently to conclude the round in 2006.”

Embedded within the trade talks is the increasingly controversial issue of American and European farm subsidies.

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Biotech Issues On The Ballot

Keith Good

FarmPolicy.comBiotechnology continues to be an issue that generates a high level of passion among farm policy observers as well as citizen voters both internationally and domestically.

The biotech issue has tremendous implications for agricultural trade and development.

This month, two separate votes on biotech ballot initiatives provide an interesting snap shot into the current nature of the debate.

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Canadian Corn Dispute

Keith Good

FarmPolicy.comInternational developments continue to influence the domestic farm policy political environment this week.

Specifically, a Canadian federal agency has ruled that U.S. corn subsidies are harming some Canadian farmers.

Earlier this fall, some corn farmers from Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, asked the Canadian government to investigate a claim regarding the dumping of American grain corn into the Canadian market.

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Farm Policy Developments Center On Congressional Budget Action & Trade Talks

Keith Good

FarmPolicy.comDevelopments in U.S. farm policy this week included important legislative action in Congress, as well as a trip to Latin America by President Bush.

The Senate on Thursday passed a five-year budget reduction bill by a vote of 52 to 47.

The legislation, which is slated to garner budget saving of $35 billion, contained approximately $3 billion in cuts to agricultural programs.

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Doha Trade Talks Weigh On Future Policy Decisions

Keith Good

I sure appreciate the hospitality afforded by AgWired, thanks so much for the opportunity to make some guest posts on your excellent blog.

As Chuck indicated earlier today, I’m Keith Good and I write about current farm policy news events at FarmPolicy.com. I’m a licensed attorney and stay-at-home parent who has been blogging about farm policy for nearly two years. I hope you find the farm policy updates useful.

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FarmPolicy Writer Keith Good Starts Today

Chuck Zimmerman

Keith Good - FarmPolicy.comLet’s give a great big AgWired welcome to Keith Good. Why? Because starting today Keith will be our first regular writer! Keith is a blogger and you can find him on FarmPolicy. He’s a policy and trade guy who will be bringing you a weekly summary of what’s new in the world of ag policy.

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