March 15, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am CST
Topic: NAFTA Renegotiation Effect on Agriculture
Guest Speaker: Al Mussell
The purpose of this presentation will be to understand the context and potential implications of the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA on Canadian agri-food, with some focus on the prospect of US withdrawal from NAFTA. The discussion will begin with an overview of what is known regarding the US process for withdrawal of NAFTA, and what this means for reinstatement of the Canada-US Trade Agreement (CUSTA) and the prospective timing and sources of uncertainty. Next, the agri-food products in which Canada has a mostly defensive interest will be considered based on an analysis of Canada’s most recent tariff schedule. Secondly, the elements of the US tariff schedule will be explored to consider the effect of US withdrawal on Canada’s export interests. Finally, the outlook going forward will be summarized in the context of prospective trade disputes, and contraints imposed on the process by NAFTA partners.
Al Mussell is Research Lead, and founder, of Agri-Food Economic Systems, Inc.
Prior to establishing Agri-Food Economic Systems, Al was Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre in Guelph, Ontario for fifteen years. His areas of research expertise are farm management and agricultural systems, agricultural marketing, and agri-food policies. Previously, Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota.
Al holds bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Al is a past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and has served on the board of the Progressive Dairy Operators. He currently serves on the board of the Ontario Pork Industry Council.
Al is originally from Stratford, Ontario where he grew up in a family with roots in the farm supply and dairy business.
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