Iowa Congressional Members will Open ISU's Ag Policy Summit

June 30th, 2005

Members of Iowa's Congressional delegation will share their perspectives on the 2007 Farm Bill at the opening session of Iowa State University's Agricultural Policy Summit — "New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill," Wednesday, July 6, through Friday, July 8.

Confirmed speakers are: U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; U.S. Representative Tom Latham; U.S. Representative Leonard Boswell; U.S. Representative Steve King; U.S. Representative Jim Leach; Mark Halvorson, staff member for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin; and Joseph Huber, staff member for U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle.

Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will open the Wednesday session of the summit, which has nearly 200 registered participants (as of June 27). The summit, organized by ISU's College of Agriculture, begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday and closes at noon on Friday.

Reporters and editors who plan to attend the summit should contact Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, bmeyer@iastate.edu or (515) 294-5616.

A complete agenda for the summit is listed below.

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AGENDA

Iowa State University's Agricultural Policy Summit
New Directions in Federal Farm Policy: Issues for the 2007 Farm Bill
July 6-8, 2005
WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2005

1:00 p.m.
Registration opens

2:00
Welcome
-Benjamin Allen, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Iowa State University
-The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Governor of Iowa
-Catherine Woteki, Dean, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University

2:30
Iowa Farmers' Views on the New Farm Bill
Paul Lasley, Sociology, Iowa State University

3:00-5:00
Parameters of the 2007 Farm Bill Debate: Major Concerns from Congressional Perspectives
Facilitator: Catherine Woteki, Dean, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University
- The Honorable Charles Grassley, U.S. Senator - Iowa
- The Honorable Tom Latham, U.S. Representative, 4th District, Iowa
- The Honorable Leonard Boswell, U.S. Representative, 3rd District, Iowa
- The Honorable Steve King, U.S. Representative, 5th District, Iowa
- The Honorable Jim Leach, U.S. Representative, 2nd District, Iowa
- Mark Halvorson, Staff, Office of the Honorable Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator - Iowa
- Joseph Huber, Staff, Office of the Honorable Jim Nussle, U.S. Representative, 1st District, Iowa

6:00
Dinner, featuring beef provided by the Iowa Beef Industry Council

7:30
An Economic Analysis of the 2002 Farm Bill
Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee

THURSDAY, July 7, 2005

8:00 a.m.
Where We Are: The Current Status of Midwestern Agriculture
Facilitator: Paul Lasley, Sociology, Iowa State University
- Patty Judge, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
- Mark Drabenstott, Center for the Study of Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve
- Charles Fluharty, Rural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri

10:30
Track One: Trends and Issues [6 panels]

1. Marketing and Transportation Panel
Panel Chair: Jerry Van Der Kamp, CEO, AGRI Industries
- C. Phillip Baumel, Economics, Iowa State University-The Impacts of Higher Energy Costs on National Distribution Chains
- Marty McVey, Agri Industries-Ethanol: Trends in Domestic Use and Consumption of Corn
- Curtis Jones, Bunge Global Markets-Accurately Predicting Exports is More Problematic Than 20 Years Ago

2. Financing and Land Values Panel
Panel Chair: Mike Duffy, Professor of Economics, Iowa State University
- Steve Burrier, Zions Agricultural Finance-Financing and Land Markets in the United States
- Alan Tubbs, Ohnward Bancshares, Inc.-Financing and Land Markets in Iowa
- Mike Duffy, Professor of Economics, Iowa State University-Iowa Land Markets

3. Tax Policy Panel
Panel Chair: Roger McEowen, Associate Professor of Agricultural Education and Studies, Iowa State University
- Neil Harl, Economics, Iowa State University-Distortion and Complexity in the Tax System From Capital Gains and Dividend Taxation, New Basis at Death and Taxation of Estates
- Charles Davenport, Rutgers School of Law-Uncertainty in Social Security, Personal Accounts and Other Retirement Accounts: In Search of a Rational System of Funding Retirement Benefits
- Roger McEowen, Agricultural Education and Studies, Iowa State University—The Integration of Tax Policy Into Farm Policy: Crucial Need But Functional Difficulties

4. Domestic Commodity Policy Panel 1: Exterior Forces Shaping the Next Farm Bill
Panel Chair: Dermot Hayes, Economics, Iowa State University
- Doug Gross, Committee of 82- Impact of Past and Future Farm Bills on Rural Counties
- Chad Hart, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University-World Trade Organization (WTO) Forces
- Jacinto Fabiosa, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University-Market Forces

5. Our Landscapes and Agriculture Panel 1: Competing Needs and Issues
Panel Chair: Gerald Miller, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University
- Jim Baker, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University-Upland Sources of Water Pollution and Associated Hydrology
- Tom Isenhart, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State University-Linking Landscape and Stream Health Within Agricultural Watersheds
- John Downing, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University-Lake Water Quality, Value and Land Use in the Rural Regions of Iowa

6. Structure of Agriculture Panel
Panel Chair: Paul Lasley, Sociology, Iowa State University
- Wallace Huffman, Economics, Iowa State University-Impacts of Public and Private Agricultural Research and Farmers Schooling on Farm Size
- Bill Heffernan, Sociology, University of Missouri-The Evolution of Global Food Chains
- Daryll E. Ray, University of Tennessee-How Federal Farm Policy Influences the Structure of Agriculture
- Brother David Andrews, National Catholic Rural Life Conference-Transformative Approaches to the Concentrated Structure of Agriculture

12:30
Luncheon Presentation
Echoes of the Past: Lessons We Soon Forgot
Neil Harl, Economics, Iowa State University

2:30-4:30
Track Two: Trends and Issues [6 panels]

7. Cooperatives and Value-Added Panel
Panel Chair: Roger Ginder, Economics, Iowa State University
- Jeff Stroburg, West Central Co-op-Farm Bill Issues and Renewable Fuels: Ethanol and Biodiesel
- Duane Acker, Southwest Iowa Egg Cooperative-Farm Bill Issues and Value-Added Processing Cooperatives
- Jim Fife, Land O' Lakes-Farm Bill Issues and Traditional Cooperatives

8. Our Landscapes and Agriculture Panel 2: Creative Options and Realistic Opportunities
Panel Chair: Gerald Miller, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University
- Cathie Kling, Economics, Iowa State University-Costs and Environmental Gains from Conservation Programs
- Jonathan Winsten, Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy, Winrock International-Designing Farm-level Performance Incentives for Environmental Outcomes at the Watershed Level
- Craig Cox, Soil and Water Conservation Society-Policy Reform for Environmental Performance: Realizing the Promise?

9. Domestic Commodity Policy Panel 2:Current and Previous Programs
Panel Chair: Dermot Hayes, Economics, Iowa State University
- Bruce Babcock, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University-Review of Current Price Supports and Income Stabilization Tools
- John Miranowski, Economics, Iowa State University-Effects of Rural Economic Growth

10. Rural Economic Development Panel
Panel Chair: Cornelia Flora, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Iowa State University
- Randy Adams, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Inc.-The Changing Nature of Rural Development Practice: Challenges or Opportunities
- Jason Gray, Southern Rural Development Initiative, Raleigh, N.C.-Reconciling the Next Farm Bill to Diverse Rural Communities: A Rural Development Perspective
- Mark Edelman, Community Vitality Center, Iowa State University-Iowa Rural Development Priorities

11. Faith Community Concerns Panel
Panel Chair: Larry Kallem, Southeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Ben Helmer, The Episcopal Church Center, New York City, N.Y.-Rural Community Development: The Need and the Hope
- Diana Stephen, Rural and Small Church Ministries, Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Ky.-The Agricultural Revolution and the Faith Community
- Ed Kail, United Methodist Rural Fellowship-The Impact of Public Policy on Local Communities: What's Happening and Why the Church Cares

12. International Trade Panel
Panel Chair: Bob Wisner, Economics, Iowa State University
- Ron Heck, Past President, American Soybean Association-Domestic and Foreign Trade Barriers in Perspective
- Patrick Westhoff, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-How Will the WTO Affect U.S. Farm Policy?
- Robert Young, American Farm Bureau Federation-The Big Gainers: U.S. Livestock and Trade Negotiations

4:45 p.m.
Alternative Policies, Alternative Outcomes
Facilitator: Arne Hallam, Economics, Iowa State University
- Bruce Babcock, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, and Dermot Hayes, Economics, Iowa State University -Possible Influences of Policies on the Future of Iowa Agriculture
- Craig Lang, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation-Why Iowa Should Care
- Chris Peterson, Iowa Farmers Union - Desired Outcomes of the 2007 Farm Bill and Policies that May Support Them
- Gene Paul, National Farmers Organization - Desired Outcomes of the 2007 Farm Bill and Policies that May Support Them

6:30 p.m.
Barbecue Dinner, featuring pork provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association
FRIDAY, July 8, 2005

8:00 a.m.
Discussion Sessions on Trends and Issues [5 sessions]

-Feeding the Bioeconomy
Facilitator: Joe Colletti, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Iowa State University

-Iowa Farmers: the Next Generation?
Facilitator: Robert Martin, Agricultural Education and Studies, Iowa State University

-Rural Main Street and Communities
Facilitator: Steven Padgitt, Sociology, Iowa State University

-Global Competition and Global Customers
Facilitator: Jeff Iles, Horticulture, Iowa State University

-Implementing Conservation Incentives
Facilitator: Lois Wright Morton, Sociology, Iowa State University

10:30
Reports from Discussion Sessions
Facilitator: John Lawrence, Economics, Iowa State University

11:45
Lunch

1:00
Adjourn

Contacts: 

Brian Meyer, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-5616, bmeyer@iastate.edu