Writing a farm bill is an extremely challenging activity given budget constraints, the economic importance to the U.S. agricultural sector and the American public, varying stakeholder interests and the importance to global economic and trade relationships.
In an April 12 webinar, Dr. Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a professor in the MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, discussed the economic, trade and biofuels considerations, crop and livestock market outlook, and other issues that congressional leadership and members are considering as they pen the next farm bill.
He provided perspective into the monumental task of writing and passing the next farm bill, market outlook and ongoing trade issues and considerations.
The webinar is online and can be viewed at:
00:01 minutes - Intro Slides and Credits
00:19 minutes – Webinar Introduction with Bobby Coats, professor-economics, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Cooperative Extension Service
Westhoff video Index:
02:15 minutes – Introduction: A flood of news items
03:31 minutes – Market situation as context
05:06 minutes – FAPRI and CBO projections
15:45 minutes – Farm bill issues
37:14 minutes – Trade issues
Bobby Coats is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. E-mail: [email protected].