Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Special UN Food and Agriculture Meeting Should Put Food Reserves on the Table
When the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) holds a special meeting on increasing volatility in agriculture prices on Friday in Rome, governments should consider the establishment of food reserves to help stabilize the marketplace, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Time for Health Professionals to Get Active on Food and Farm Policy
Health professionals are on the front lines of America’s broken food system, linked to the current obesity epidemic as well as a surge in related, costly diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. While the health community sees the downstream impacts of the food system every day, it often gets left out of national debates about food and farm policy in Washington. A new website sets out to change that.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Time for Health Professionals to Get Active on Food and Farm Policy
Health professionals are on the front lines of America’s broken food system, linked to the current obesity epidemic as well as a surge in related, costly diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. While the health community sees the downstream impacts of the food system every day, it often gets left out of national debates about food and farm policy in Washington. A new website sets out to change that.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Midwest Rural Assembly to Bring Together Community and Government Leaders
Rural community leaders and government officials will gather at the 2010 Midwest Rural Assembly (MRA) to exchange ideas and strategies for rural prosperity.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wall Street Reform Bill Signed Today Will Limit Excessive Speculation in Agriculture
The Wall Street reform bill signed today by President Obama will severely restrict excessive speculation on agriculture commodity futures markets that has harmed U.S. farmers and countries battling hunger, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
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Friday, May 21, 2010
Financial Reform Bill Important for Agriculture
The Senate’s approval of an historic financial reform bill last night is a first step toward preventing the excessive financial speculation that has wreaked havoc in agricultural commodity futures contracts over the last several years, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Most importantly for agriculture, the Senate bill requires that previously unregulated over-the-counter (OTC) trades be traded on public exchanges. Currently, OTC trades are exempt from regulatory oversight by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Food Reserves Needed to Respond to Global Food Crisis, Civil Society Groups Say
Civil society organizations today called on governments and United Nations bodies to honor previous commitments to explore the potential of food reserves to address hunger and stabilize agricultural markets. The letter, signed by more than 60 groups, was presented at a UN meeting being held in Dublin on May 17-18 on the global food crisis.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Biomass Crop Assistance Program Needs Clarification, Improvement, Says IATP
The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) must undergo significant revision and refinement before the program’s next phase is launched, said the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in comments submitted on April 8 to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Farm to School Efforts Double in Minnesota
The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Farm to school programs link school children with local farmers and farm products, including fruits and vegetables, meat, grains and other items.
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Thursday, March 04, 2010
CFTC Should Impose Tough Limits on Wall Street Speculators
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should act immediately to limit excessive speculation by Wall Street firms on energy derivatives trades, a move that will help address extreme volatility in both energy and agricultural markets, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) said in a comment submitted to the agency today.
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