Classifying Biofuel Subsidies: Farm Bill and WTO Considerations

Agenda

September 14, 2010

Presented by The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Wilson Center on the Hill and Program on America and the Global Economy and The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council

Tuesday, September 14
12:00-1:15 p.m.
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Governments use a number of measures to support the production and use of biofuels; in the United States biofuels subsidies totaled nearly $6 billion in 2009. Corn use for ethanol in the United States has expanded corn demand by nearly 30%, driving corn prices, along with prices of other commodities, higher. Panelists will discuss whether such support should be considered as agricultural subsidies and about whether and how such support is being notified to the WTO.

Speakers:

RANDY SCHNEPF
Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Congressional Research Service

TIM JOSLING
Sr. Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Moderated by:

CHAROLETTE HEBEBRAND
Chief Executive, IPC

Chair: KENT H. HUGHES
Director, Program on American and Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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