Prospects for Reform of U.S. Agricultural Policy -With or without Doha

Policy Forum
August 31, 2006 11:00AM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring Mike Johanns, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Cal Dooley, President and CEO, Food Products Association; and Robert L. Thompson, Gardner Chair in Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois.

In the next six to nine months, a new farm bill will be written in the United States. The World Trade Organization’s Doha Development Agenda negotiations were an oft-cited reason for reforming U.S. agricultural policy. Now that those negotiations have been suspended, what are the prospects for liberalizing the farm sector and reducing the significant costs imposed on American consumers, taxpayers, and trade partners as a result of government farm policies?