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Hearing: China’s Agriculture Policy and U.S. Access to China’s Market

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Curtiss Hall, Room 127, Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Washington, DC 20002

Hearing Co-chairs Commissioners Daniel M.  Slane and Michael R. Wessel

8:15 am – 8:30 am            Welcome from Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

8:30 am – 8:45 am            Co-chairs' remarks: Commissioner Daniel M. Slane and Michael R. Wessel

8:45 am – 10:15 am          Panel I:  The Status and Future of China’s Agriculture Development

  • Bill Northey, Agriculture Secretary of Iowa, Des Moines, IA (Testimony)
  • Fred Gale, Senior Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington, DC (Testimony)
  • Dermot Hayes, Co-Director of Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University (Testimony)

10:15 am – 10:30 am        Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm        Panel II:  Food Safety: Trade Barriers and Public Health Issues

  • Kevin Brosch, Senior Consultant, DTB Associates LLP, Washington, DC (Testimony)
  • Bill Westman, Vice President, International Trade, American Meat Institute, Washington, DC   (Testimony)
  • Patty Lovera, Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch, Washington, DC (Testimony)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm            Panel III: Bilateral Trade and Investment: Opportunities and Constraints

  • Veronica Nigh, Economist, Public Policy Dept - Budget and Economic Analysis of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, DC (Testimony)
  • Colin Carter, Professor; Director, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis, Davis, CA (Testimony)
  • David Miller, Director of Research, Iowa Farm Bureau & Corn/soy grower, Des Moines, IA (Testimony)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm             Break

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm             Panel IV:  Intellectual Property and Value-Added Production

  • Mark Lange, CEO, National Cotton Council of America, Cordova, TN (Testimony)
  • Barbara P. Glenn, Senior Vice President, Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, Washington, DC (Testimony)
  • Julius Schaaf, Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council, Randolph, IA (Testimony)

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm             Public Hearing Portion

  • Participants must register to speak upon arriving at the hearing location.  Remarks will be limited to three minutes each.

4:45 pm                               Adjourn