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A Good Way to Support the US Rural Sector

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on May 18th, 2007

Given this year’s budget limitations, there is a great deal more wrangling over how funds should be distributed among the 2007 farm bill’s different titles. The biggest showdown is likely to be among those supporting a status quo for Title I commodity funding and those who would like to spend more money on programs such [...]

Globalization and Rural America

Posted by admin on May 11th, 2007

As concern over globalization’s negative impacts on rural communities in America grows, there is now a great need to think about how to improve US competitiveness in farm and non-farm jobs, and help those who might lose from globalization adjust and find niches in the new economy. Media reports have recently focused on more effective [...]

Salzburg Seminar: Realizing the Doha Development Round as if the Future Mattered

Posted by admin on May 7th, 2007

Earlier this year, several IPC members participated in a special Salzburg Seminar on February 16-21 in Salzburg, Austria to re-energize the commitment of all parties to complete the Doha Round, and to find ways to unblock the negotiations.
Participants in the seminar actively debated and discussed issues in the current trade round, and left with the [...]

Biofuels in Japan-Q&A with Hiroshi Shiraiwa

Posted by admin on May 3rd, 2007

As the dialogue about the rise of biofuels has mostly focused on production in the US and Brazil, it is interesting to see how the biofuels debate is played out in other areas of the world. In this Trading Ideas Q&A, we have asked one of IPC’s members, Hiroshi Shiraiwa, about his views on domestic [...]