FROM THE FEBRUARY 10, 2014 ISSUE
How Will the Brazil-U.S. Cotton Dispute Likely Play Out?
The United States and Brazil have been engaged in a long-running dispute over U.S. subsidies to cotton farmers that Brazil successfully challenged at the World Trade Organization, winning the right to implement tariffs of $829 million per year. The massive Farm Bill passed by the U.S. Congress this month proposes changes to the subsidies at the heart of the matter. What is at stake for both sides in this dispute? How is the controversy likely to play out? Will there be a resolution soon or will the dispute get worse?
Today's commentators: Charles Dittrich, vice president for regional trade initiatives at the National Foreign Trade Council in Washington; Mark Langevin, director of BrazilWorks and international advisor to Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão (ABRAPA); Marjory Walker, director of communications at the National Cotton Council of America; Burleigh Leonard, senior consultant to Prime Policy Group, former senior staff member for the Senate Agriculture Committee and former special assistant to President Reagan for food and agriculture. MORE
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