CAES Highlights

Overview of CAES events, dates, times and locations as well as session details can be found in the CAES Preliminary Program. Please check back frequently as the information in the Program is not final. The Preliminary Program for the full conference can be seen at

CAES Presidential Address, Fellows Address & Business Meeting

Date: Tuesday, July 27th
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Tower Building, Second Level, Windows Room

Presidential Address

Speaker: James Vercammen (University of British Columbia)
Topic: Incorporating Environmental Costs and Benefits in Agricultural Support and Insurance Programs

James Vercammen joined the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia in 1991, shortly after obtaining a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Vercammen's research has examined a variety of industrial organization and policy issues, mostly recently applied to carbon offset and environmental markets.

Fellows Address

Speaker: Suren Kulshreshtha, University of Saskatchewan
Topic: Climate Change, Prairie Agriculture, and Prairie Economy: The New Normal

Suren Kulshreshtha is a professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business, and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his training first in India and his PhD from the University of Manitoba. His current areas of interest include climate change and greenhouse gas mitigation from agriculture, among others.

Annual Business Meeting

Follows the Addresses after a short break.

Awards Banquet

Date: Monday, July 26th
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Tower Building, Second Level, Windows Room

This is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $70.

Organized Symposia

Sunday, July 25, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1005 — What Is Next for NAFTA: Unresolved IssuesPlaza Building, Concourse Level, Plaza Court 5
Senior Section Track Session/CAES Organized Symposium

The original NAFTA agreement is now fully implemented. However, a number of issues remain that require special attention if the free trade objectives of NAFTA are to be realized. The purpose of this organized symposium is to provide a three-country perspective on three key issues: 1) bioenergy and climate change policy; 2) sanitary and phytosanitary issues; and 3) NAFTA's structural issues. Each of the issues will be introduced by an economist from Canada, Mexico, or the United States. Following this introduction, reactions will be given by an economist from each of the other countries.

Organizer: Ronald Knutson, Texas A&M University; Karl Meilke, University of Guelph
Moderator: Ronald Knutson, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Mechel Paggi, California State University, Fresno; Pablo Sherwell, SAGARPA; Ronald Knutson, Texas A&M University; Glenn Fox and Karl Meilke, University of Guelph


  • An Overview of U.S. Bioenergy and Climate Change Policy
    Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M University
  • An Overview of the Remaining Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
    Jared Carlberg, University of Manitoba
  • Resolving NAFTA's Structural Issues
    Steven Zahniser, USDA-Economic Research Service

Monday, July 26, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

2058 — Farm-level Models for Policy DevelopmentTower Building, Second Level, Tower Court D
CAES Organized Symposium

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) recognizes the importance of monitoring and assessing its current programs and policies, to ensure that these contribute overall objectives of Canada's agriculture policy framework (Growing Forward), and identifying emerging trends, to help design new policies and programs. This session will highlight some of the economic tools and methods used by both AAFC and academics to construct a more complete picture of the Canadian Agriculture sector and contribute to agricultural policy development in Canada, including econometric modeling, micro-simulation, and agent-based modeling techniques.

Organizer: Nathan Niu, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Moderator: David Culver, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Discussant: Bruno Larue, Université Laval; Richard Schoney, University of Saskatchewan


  • The Influence of Urban Proximity On Capital Investment Decisions On Farms in Canada
    Arden Esqueda, Forecasting and Program Analysis
  • Identifying the Weak Links in a Modern Supply Chain: An Agent-Based Simulation Model of the Western Canadian Grain Handling System
    James Nolan and Russell Lawrence, University of Saskatchewan
  • The Canadian Agriculture Dynamic Micro-Simulation Model (CADMS)
    Nathan Niu, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Adam Arsenault, Forecasting and Program Analysis

Monday, July 26, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

2085 — Current Issues in Canadian Agri-food Trade, Sponsored by CATPRNTower Building, Second Level, Tower Court D
CAES Organized Symposium

For Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries that are not closely integrated with global markets, specifically supply-managed industries, new multilateral and bilateral trade agreements could have significant effects on the distribution of welfare throughout the supply chains. This symposium will showcase the contributions of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network (CATPRN) in examining these issues of market integration and access and provide a forum to discuss some of the international trade-related issues facing the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Four papers, each based on projects that have received funding from the CATPRN, will be presented and discussed.

Organizer: Ryan Cardwell, University of Manitoba
Moderator: Ryan Cardwell, University of Manitoba


  • Detecting mCOOL Impacts on U.S.-Canada Bilateral Hog Trade Flows
    Jean-Philippe Gervais, North Carolina State University; James Rude, University of Alberta
  • Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement: Will Agriculture Be an Issue?
    Crina Viju, Carleton University; William A. Kerr, University of Saskatchewan
  • Trade Liberalization and Canada's Chicken Industry: Welfare Effects under Alternative Modeling Strategies
    Juanita Rafajlovic, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Ryan Cardwell, University of Manitoba
  • The Korea-Canada FTA: Conflict over Beef
    Richard Barichello, University of British Columbia

Tuesday, July 27, 8:00 am - 9:30 am

3027 — Market Power and Vertical Coordination Issues in Canadian Meat SectorsTower Building, Second Level, Tower Court D
CAES Organized Symposium

The past decade has seen important structural changes in the Canadian meat sector as a response to long term trends, like the concentration of market power, increased food and feed prices, and trade liberalization, but also in reaction to more recent external shocks, such as diseases, bacterial contaminations, and labor conflicts. This session will examine varying aspects of the meat sector, assessing the economic impacts of important changes and shocks on producers and processors, how they have translated into changes in the sector, and proposing new solutions. The discussion will elaborate on these issues and explore the broader policy implications.

Organizer: Bruno Larue, Université Laval
Moderator: Bruno Larue, Université Laval


  • Market Power and Instability in the Canadian Livestock Industry
    J. Stephen Clark, Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • The Economics of Hog Marketing Reforms in Quebec
    Jean-Philippe Gervais, North Carolina State University; Remy Lambert, Université Laval
  • Vertical Coordination and Trade Liberalization in Canada's Poultry's Industry
    Sebastien Pouliot, Iowa State University; Bruno Larue, Université Laval
  • The Economics of Livestock Disease: Supply Chain Competitiveness and Policy Implications
    Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan

Tuesday, July 27, 9:45 am - 11:15 am

3057 — Long-term Agricultural Structural Change in the United States, Canada, and BrazilTower Building, Second Level, Tower Court D
CAES Organized Symposium

This session will compare and contrast the structural changes of the agriculture sector of three major producing nations, Canada, Brazil, and the United States. Changes in the agricultural structure in these countries have had implications for agricultural trade, farm income, farm safety nets, and environmental policies. The three papers presentations will evaluate the impacts of structural change, making use of recently released data from these countries, and a subsequent discussion will consider the various drivers of structural change in each country and examine how they will contribute to meeting world demand and reducing hunger.

Organizer: David Culver, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Mary Ahearn, USDA-Economic Research Service
Moderator: Mary Ahearn, USDA-Economic Research Service
Discussant: Krijn Poppe, Wageningen University


  • Past Trends and Drivers of Structural Changes in U.S. Agriculture
    Robert Hoppe and Erik O'Donoghue, USDA-Economic Research Service
  • Structural Change in Canadian Agriculture and the Impacts on Canadian Farm Income and Farm Households
    Cally Dhaliwal and David Culver, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Brazilian Agriculture: A Changing Structure
    Flavio Bolliger and Octavio Costa de Oliveira, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics