The International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC or Consortium) is a unique international association of agricultural trade researchers and policy practitioners. Started in 1980 by six United States agricultural economists, the membership has since grown to about 200 economists from academia, government, and other research institutions in 31 countries. Over the past quarter century, the Consortium has established itself as one of the premier institutions for advancing the frontiers of knowledge on agricultural trade and trade policy that has informed both policy formulation and public debate.

The objectives of the IATRC are to:

  • Enhance the quality and relevance of international agricultural trade research and policy analysis
  • Encourage collaborative research
  • Facilitate communication among trade researchers and analysts drawn from universities, government agencies and the private sector in a range of countries
  • Improve public understanding of international trade and trade policy issues.

Objectives, Organization, Operations, and Origins [PDF]

The Blue Book
December 2015
Edition VII

The International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC or Consortium) is a unique international association of agricultural trade researchers and policy practitioners. Over the past 30 years, the Consortium has established itself as one of the premier institutions for advancing the frontiers of knowledge on agricultural trade and trade policy that has informed both policy formulation and public debate.

This is the April 2010 version, prepared by the 2008 Executive Committee and includes updated contact and financial administration information. This document outlines the objectives, organization, operations and origins of the IATRC. It updates the corresponding versions issued in June 1985 (original edition), July 1988 (Edition II), October 1991 (Edition III), October 1997 (Edition IV), and September 2007 (Edition V) by incorporating decisions taken at meetings of the general membership and the Executive Committee since that time. Separate occasional documents and the IATRC website present historical and upcoming plans for the IATRC meetings.

2017 Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has general responsibility for the direction and operation of the Consortium but seeks the advice of the membership on all pertinent matters.

Richard Barichello
2017 Chair and Non-U.S. Universities Representative 2016–2018

tel: 604-822-3473
richard.barichello@ubc.ca

University of British Columbia
Room 339 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4
CANADA

Andrew Muhammad
2017 Vice-Chair and ERS/USDA Representative

tel: 202-694-5226
amuhammad@ers.usda.gov

Economic Research Service
US Department of Agriculture
355 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221

Odette Vaughan
2017 Secretary and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Representative

tel: 613-773-2454
odette.vaughan@agr.gc.ca

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Policy Analysis Division
1341 Baseline Road, Tower 7
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
Canada

Bernard Cantin
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Representative

tel: 613-773-2055
bernard.cantin@agr.gc.ca

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Policy Analysis Division
1341 Baseline Road, Tower 7
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5
Canada

Robert Johansson
OCE/USDA Representative

tel: 202-720-5955
rjohansson@oce.usda.gov

Office of Chief Economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture
112A Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250

Dragan Miljkovic
U.S. Universities Representative
2017-2019

tel: 701-231-9519
Dragan.Miljkovic@ndsu.edu

North Dakota State University
Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
221G Morrill Hall
Fargo, ND  58105-5636

Steve Neff
FAS/USDA Representative

tel: 202-690-0855
steve.neff@fas.usda.gov

Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC  20250

Wyatt Thompson
U.S. Universities Representative 2016-2018

tel: 573-882-1864
thompsonw@missouri.edu

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute
University of Missouri
101 Park de Ville, Suite E
Columbia, MO  65203

Past Executive Committee Members are listed in Appendix A of The Blue Book [pdf].

2016 Program Committee

The Program Sub-Committee provides the Executive Committee recommendations on specific topics of Public Symposia and Theme Days and suggests topics for Commissioned Papers and Trade Issues Papers.

Titus Awokuse
Chair

2013-2016

tel: 517-355-4567
awokuset@msu.edu

Michigan State University
Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
Morrill Hall, Room 202
446 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI  48824

Ryan Cardwell

2015-2017

tel: 204-474-9609
ryan.cardwell@umanitoba.ca

University of Manitoba
Dept of Agribusiness and Ag Econ
353 – 66 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 2E9
Canada

Kari E.R. Heerman

2016-2018

tel: 202-694-5250
keheerman@ers.usda.gov

Economic Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
355 E Street SW
Washington, DC  20024

Lia Nogueira

2015-2017

tel: 402-472-4387
lia.nogueira@unl.edu

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Agricultural Economics
314D Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

Core financial support for IATRC is provided by the USDA, Economic Research Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of the Chief Economist and the US International Trade Commission.

Economic Research Service

Foreign Agricultural Service

Office of the Chief Economist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Both financial and in-kind support has been provided for selected IATRC activities by the European Commission, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency of International Development, and other numerous institutions over the past quarter century. Some recent contributors include the Farm Foundation, the Giannini Foundation, Seoul National University, the Korea Rural Economic Institute, and Beijing University. A complete list of sponsors for each IATRC activity can be found in the Activities section. In addition, Consortium Members’ home institutions provide travel support for meeting attendance and participation.