Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers

Date: Sunday, July 17th
Time: 5:00 - 6:45 pm
Location: Niagara Room

Speaker: Ted Bilyea (Retired Executive Vice-President, Maple Leaf Foods Inc)
Title: Agri-food Policy Research in Canada: CAPI's New Approach

Speaker: Brian Lee Crowley (Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute)
Title: Canada: World Food Superpower or Also-Ran?

Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, July 17th
Time: 6:45 - 8:30 pm
Location: Brock Room

CAES Presidential Address, Fellows Address & Business Meeting

Date: Monday, July 18th
Time: 8:00 - 10:15 am
Location: Niagara Room

Presidential Address

Speaker: John Cranfield (University of Guelph)
Topic: The Changing Landscape of the Canadian Food Market: Ethnicity and the Market for Ethnic Food

John Cranfield is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. John's research focuses on the economics of consumer demand for food and food products; innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors; and economic history.

Fellows Address

Speaker: Lars Brink
Topic: Making Agricultural Economics Research Relevant for Policy Advice

Lars Brink is contemplating future work after 35 years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other organizations. Dr. Brink has degrees in business and in agriculture from Sweden and received his graduate training in agricultural economics at Purdue University. Lars's interests include international agriculture and trade policies.

Annual Business Meeting

Follows the Addresses.

Awards Banquet

Date: Monday, June 18th
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Niagara Room

This event is included in student and regular registration fees. Guest tickets are $65 plus tax and must be purchased in advance.

Organized Symposia

Monday June 18, 2012

Organized Session 1: Prices in Agriculture: What do we know, what don't we know and what do we need to know
Time: 10:30 am - Noon
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer and Chair: John Cranfield, University of Guelph

Description: This session explores the nature and implications of observed trends in agricultural and food prices, and the implications for agricultural policy and the agricultural economic research agenda.

  1. An Empirical Investigation of Farmland Values Determinants in Canada, Desmond Sobool (Farm Credit Canada) and Jean-Philippe Gervais (Farm Credit Canada)
  2. Price Ceilings on Milk Production Quota Values: Future or Folly? Alex Cairns (University of Guelph)
  3. Corn and Soybean Prices: Empirical Evidence on the Theory of Storage Getu Hailu (University of Guelph), Alex Maynard (University of Guelph) and Alfons Weersink (University of Guelph)

Discussant: Julieta Frank (University of Manitoba)


Organized Session 2: Prices Fixing Institutional Failures along Supply Managed Supply Chains
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer: Bruno Larue, Laval University

Chair: Remy Lambert, Laval University

Description: This session considers current issues in supply managed markets in relation to trade and domestic policies.

  1. Quota Allocation Mechanisms in Supply Managed Industries [PDF], Maurice Doyon (Laval University)
  2. Political Economy of the Dairy Farm Lobby in Supply Management [PDF], Na Li (University of Guelph) and Alan Ker (University of Guelph)
  3. Trade Liberalization, TRQ Management, and Vertical Linkages in Supply Managed Industries, Bruno Larue (Laval University)

Organized Session 3: Sustainability in Agriculture: Addressing the Coming Crunch
Time: 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer and Chair: Al Mussell, George Morris Centre

Description: This session provides a discussion of contrasting views of what sustainability means in agriculture and the food system, and explores both differences and in approach among perspectives and their implications.

  1. Intensive Land Use View on Sustainable Agriculture [PPTX], Douglas Hedley (Retired, AAFC)
  2. Extensive Land Use View on Sustainable Agriculture [PPT], Ralph Martin (University of Guelph)
  3. A Value Chain Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture [PDF], Jim Brandle (Vineland Research Research and Innovation Centre)

Discussant: Terry Veeman (University of Alberta)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Organized Session 4: Successful Farms: Achieving Success at Any Scale
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 am
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer: Arden Esqueda, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Chair: Brady Deaton, University of Guelph

Description: This session provides an analysis of successful farm operations at any scale from small profitable farms involved in direct marketing and value added to very large farms with complicated ownership structures and multiple farm and non-farm enterprises, based on data from Canadian farm financial records.

  1. Complex Agricultural Establishments - A Case Study Approach [PDF], David Sparling (University of Western Ontario) and Erin Cheney (University of Western Ontario)
  2. Leading Edge Producers Managing for Success [PDF], Ken McEwan (University of Guelph) and Richard Schoney (University of Saskatchewan); Richard Lair (Centre d'innovation sociale en agriculture); presented by Bob MacGregor (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  3. The Role of Small and Medium Farms in Modern Agriculture [PDF], Arden Esqueda (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Margaret Zafiriou (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Discussant: Heather Watson (Farm Management Canada)


Organized Session 5: Biofuel Developments and the Effects on Agricultural Markets
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 am
Room: King George, 5th floor

Organizer: Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph

Chair: Derek Brewin, University of Manitoba

Description: This session will assess the status of ethanol production domestically and internationally, and the implications of ethanol policy on related markets.

  1. Overview of Production, Price, Profitability, and Policy Trends, Danny Le Roy (University of Lethbridge) and Kurt Klein (University of Lethbridge)
  2. Effects of a Change in the Domestic Ethanol Blend Level, Bob Seguin (George Morris Centre)
  3. Global Market Effects from Biofuel Mandates under Alternative Energy Prices, Alfons Weersink (University of Guelph)

Discussant: Stephen Duff, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)


Organized Session 6: Successful Farms: Optimism and Planning for the Future
Time: 9:45 - 11:15 am
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer: Arden Esqueda, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Chair: Dave Culver, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Description: This session addresses producer's optimism for the future of agriculture, their intentions for the future, and the actions they have undertaken based on surveys and farm financial records in Canada and the US.

  1. Optimism among Agriculture Producers in 2011 [PDF], Jean-Philippe Gervais (Farm Credit Canada) and James Bryan (Farm Credit Canada)
  2. North American Agriculture Post Financial Crisis: A Perspective as indicated by Canadian Farm Financial Results [PDF], Samira Bakhshi (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Dave Culver (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and Brooke Fridfinnson (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  3. North American Agriculture Post Financial Crisis: A Perspective as indicated by US Farm Financial Results [PDF], Michael Harris (Economic Research Services, United States Department of Agriculture)

Discussant: Douglas Hedley


Organized Session 7: Policy Context for Grape and Wine Segments
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer: Al Mussell, George Morris Centre

Chair: Debbie Inglis, Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), Brock University

Description: This session explores economic and policy research topics related to the grape and wine sectors in Canada and the US.

  1. Reputation Spillovers: Examining Consumer Response to Information about Wine Appellations, Brad Rickard (Cornell University), Richard W. Patterson (Cornell University) and Jill J. McCluskey (Washington State University)
  2. Exit and Entry in Niagara Viticulture 1997 - 2010, Don Cyr (Brock University) and Chris Simes (Brock University)
  3. Navigating the Regulatory Maze in Ontario Grapes and Wine, Kate Stiefelmeyer (George Morris Centre) and Al Mussell (George Morris Centre)

Discussant: Frank Ingratta (Ingratta Innovations Inc.)


Organized Session 8: Towards Improved Measures of Farm Income and Profitability: Challenges and Implications for Policy Analysis
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Room: King George, 5th floor

Organizer and Chair: Stephen Duff, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Description: The purpose of this session is to consider how differences in farm income and profitability measures can affect analyses and discussions surround agricultural policy.

  1. Measures of Farm Income and Profitability: Interpreting Summary Statistics, Greg Pate (OMAFRA) and Kenneth Poon (University of Guelph)
  2. Farm Profitability Measures and the Analysis of BRM Programs and Other Agricultural Policies, Rakhal Sarker (University of Guelph)
  3. Insights of Farm Profitability on the Policy Discussion Relating to Debt Levels, Structural Change, and Viability of the Canadian/Ontario Agricultural Sector, Randy Duffy (University of Guelph), Ken McEwan (University of Guelph) and Alfons Weersink (University of Guelph)

Discussants: Doug Hedley (retired) and Scott Jeffrey (University of Alberta)


Organized Session 9: Strategic Challenges Facing the Ontario Grape and Wine Sector
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 pm
Room: Elizabeth, 1st Floor

Organizer: Al Mussell, George Morris Centre

Chair: Bob Seguin, George Morris Centre

Description: This session will offer an industry roundtable discussion to identify, analyze, and discuss issues in the Ontario grape and wine segment, and potential future directions.

  1. Grower Perspective, Debbie Zimmerman (Grape Growers of Ontario)
  2. Winery Perspective, Donna Lailey (Lailey Vineyard)
  3. Local Economic Development Perspective, Bill Hodgson (Mayor, Town of Lincoln)

Organized Session 10: Competitiveness in the Food Industry: An Exploration of Management Theory and its use in Policy and Research. Workshop Session
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 pm
Room: King George, 5th floor

Organizer and Chair: Erna van Duren, University of Guelph

Description: This session is a "hands-on" workshop designed to explore, compare, contrast and understand the varying dimensions and relationships among economic and management theories and how they can be used for research and policy development on the competitiveness of the food industry.

Workshop Segments:

  1. Stakeholder Theory
  2. Institutional Theory
  3. Resource Based Theory

Presenters/facilitators:

  • Maury Bredahl, University of Guelph
  • Mike Von Massow, University of Guelph
  • Rumina Dhalla, University of Guelph
  • Rita Hansen-Sterne, University of Guelph
  • Elliot Currie, University of Guelph

Excursion to Cave Spring Cellars

Date: Tuesday, July 19th
Time: 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Buses will depart at 4:00 pm sharp.

Further details available.