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If the U.S. Eliminated Its 'Safety Net' for Farmers, Would Other Nations Follow?


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SOME OPPONENTS OF U-S FARM-POLICY BELIEVE THAT ELIMINATING FARMERS' "SAFETY NET" WOULD SET A GOOD EXAMPLE, FOR FOREIGN NATIONS--AND WOULD HELP FURTHER A FREE-TRADE AGENDA.  BUT, JOHN GILLILAND--A TRADE-EXPERT WITH "AKIN GUMP" [LONG "A"], IN WASHINGTON--DISAGREES...

(GILLILAND):
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UNILATERALLY ELIMINATING OUR FARM-POLICY--WITHOUT FIRST SECURING COMMENSURATE GAINS, FROM OUR TRADING-PARTNERS--WOULD BE FOOLISH."

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AND, FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS ARE UNLIKELY TO REFORM THEIR PROGRAMS--ACCORDING TO GILLILAND...

(GILLILAND):
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FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS HAVE THEIR OWN MARKET-ACCESS BARRIERS AND SUBSIDIES, FOR THEIR OWN REASONS--FOR EXAMPLE, [TO] SUPPORT THEIR OWN FARMERS, [OR] PRESERVE THEIR OWN RURAL-DEVELOPMENT NEEDS.  AND, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO SIMPLY ELIMINATE THEIR OWN FARM-SUPPORTS AND MARKET-ACCESS BARRIERS--BECAUSE THOSE NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE AT HOME WOULD STILL BE THERE."

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INSTEAD OF "UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT", GILLILAND EXPECTS CONGRESS TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S POLICY, IN THE NEXT "FARM BILL"...

(GILLILAND):
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I THINK THE CORE-PRINCIPLES IN OUR FARM-POLICY WILL REMAIN IN PLACE.  AND, THAT WOULD BE: NEEDING A STRONG 'SAFETY NET', RELIABLE ACCESS, CREDIT- AND RISK-MANAGEMENT, AND A TRANSPARENT AND PREDICTABLE SET OF RULES.  IT LOOKS LIKE THE CHANGES THAT THEY'RE FOCUSING ON, RIGHT NOW, ARE ACTUALLY TO STRENGTHEN THE 'SAFETY NET'--AND FIND WAYS FOR IT TO WORK BETTER."

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LEARN MORE AT "SUGAR-ALLIANCE"-DOT-ORG.  FOR THE "INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM" IN SAN DIEGO, I'M ERIC JON MAGNUSON.

For more audio from many of those participating in the 34th-annual International Sweetener Symposium, click here.



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