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33rd North American and European Union

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33rd North American and European Union

    34th North American and European Union

     Agricultural Conference

    October 19-21, 2009

    Program

    34th North American and European Union Agricultural Conference

    October 19-21 2009

    Monday, October 19

    18:30 19:30 Registration of participants, Oakes Ballroom Foyer, Mezzanine Level 19:30 21:30 Welcome Reception, Fallsview Private Dining Room, Mezzanine Level

    Tuesday, October 20

    07:30 08:30 Breakfast, “A Cut Above” Restaurant, Mezzanine Level

    08:30 09:15 Opening of the Conference

    ; Laurent Pellerin, President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

    ; Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation

    ; Benjamin Grayeb, Vice President of External Commerce, National

    Agricultural Council

    ; Padraig Walshe, President of COPA

    ; Peter Vrisk, Vice-President of COGECA

    09:15 09:45 Greetings from Federal and Provincial Agriculture Ministers

    ; Leona Dombrowsky, Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food

    and Rural Affairs

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    Session 1: Review of Agricultural Policy Developments

     EU Co-Chair: Lorenzo Ramos, Vice-President of COPA and

    Secretary General of UPA

     NA Co-Chair: Marco Galindo, Director of Economical Studies,

    National Agricultural Council

    09:45 10:05 Presentation of the world agricultural situation: David King

    Secretary General of the International Federation of Agricultural

    Producers (IFAP)

    10:05 11:05 Overview of developments in the EU: Gerd Sonnleitner, Vice-

    President COPA and President of DBV

    Overview of developments in the USA: Craig Lang, President of

    Iowa Farm Bureau

    stOverview of developments in Canada: Ron Bonnett, 1 Vice-

    President, CFA

    Overview of developments in Mexico: Benjamin Grayeb, Vice

    President of External Commerce, National Agricultural Council

    11:05 11:30 Questions and discussion

    11:30 11:45 Coffee Break, Oakes Ballroom Foyer

    Session 2: Assessment of Current Trade Policy and its Future

    Direction WTO and Bilateral/Regional Agreements

    EU Co-Chair: Jan Albert Maat, Vice-President COPA and

    President of LTO

     NA Co-Chair: Jacques Laforge, President, Dairy Farmers of

    Canada

    11:45 12:05 European perspective: Jean Michel Lemétayer, FNSEA

    12:05 12:25 North American perspective: Bob Stallman, President, American

    Farm Bureau Federation

    12:25 13.00 Discussion

    13:00 14:30 Lunch, Hennepin Ballroom, Lobby Level

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    Session 3: Seeking Price Security in Volatile Markets

    EU Co-Chair: Jean-Michel Lemétayer, President FNSEA

     NA Co-Chair: Rob Wonderlich, Dairy Farmers of America

    14:30 14:50 North American perspective: Enrique Dominguez, General Director,

    Confederación de Porcicultores Mexicanos

    14:50 15:10 European perspective: Giorgio Piazza, Coldiretti

    15:10 16:00 Discussion

    16:00 16:15 Coffee Break, Oakes Ballroom Foyer

    Session 4: Marketing Systems and Cooperatives, the Role of the

    Farmer in the Value Chain

    EU Co-Chair: Peter Vrisk, Vice-President of COGECA

     NA Co-Chair: Marco Galindo, Director of Economical Studies,

    National Agricultural Council

    16:15 16:30 European perspective: Eduardo Baamonde Noche, Cooperativas

    Agro-Alimentarias

    16:30 16:45 North American perspective: Allen Oberg, Canadian Wheat Board 16:45 17:15 Discussion

    18:30 Dinner at the new Elements restaurant at the Tablerock as close

    as you can get to Niagara Falls without actually being in them! It's

    within walking distance of the hotel, or for those who require

    transportation, a very short trip by shuttle bus.

    Shuttle Bus departs from the Sheraton Fallsview, Main Entrance,

    Lobby Level.

    Depart Sheraton Fallsview at 18:15, 18:30 and 18:45

    Depart Elements at 21:30, 21:45 and 22:00

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    Wednesday, October 21

    07:00 08:30 Breakfast, “A Cut Above” Restaurant, Mezzanine Level

    Session 5: Climate Change Farm Impacts and Farm Solutions

    EU Co-Chair: Guiseppe Politi, Vice-President of COPA and

    President of CIA

     NA Co-Chair: Charles Conner, President and CEO of National

    Council of Farmer Cooperatives

    08:30 08:45 North-American perspective: Don McCabe, Vice-President Ontario

    Federation of Agriculture and President Soil Conservation Council of

    Canada

    08:45 09:00 European perspective: Peter Kendall, Vice-President COPA and

    President, National Farmers Union

    09:00 09:30 Questions and discussion

    Session 6: Energy Policy Renewable Fuel and Bioenergy

    EU Co-Chair: Elisabeth Gauffin, Vice-President COGECA

    nd NA Co-Chair: Garnet Etsell, CFA 2 Vice-President and

    President British-Columbia Agricultural Council

    09:30 09:45 European perspective: Phillippe Dusser, COPA-COGECA working

    groups on oilseeds

    09:45 10:00 North-American perspective: Roger Johnson, President of National

    Farmers Union (US)

    10:00 10:30 Discussion

    10:30 11:00 Coffee Break, Oakes Ballroom Foyer

    Closing session

    11:00 11:45 North-American conclusions: Presidents of US (Charles Conner),

    Canadian (Laurent Pellerin) and Mexican (Benjamin Grayeb)

    organizations

    11:45 12:15 European conclusions: Presidents of COPA and COGECA

     Closing of the Conference

    PELLER ESTATES WINERY TOUR AND LUNCHEON 13:15 Assemble at the Sheraton Fallsview, Main Entrance, Lobby Level

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    13:30 Motor coaches depart Sheraton Fallsview for winery tour 14:30 18:00 Tour, wine tasting and late lunch at local winery Peller Estates

    18:30 Arrive Sheraton Fallsview

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