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Monday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm

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Over the past two years the Agriculture Working Group has focused on trade with a primary examination of NAFTA and the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plan (RCC). The Working Group continues to provide input on cross-border agricultural trade issues to key decision makers in Ottawa and Washington DC.

Listening Session with Under Secretary Bill Northey, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services , United States Department of Agriculture
  • Up to ten stakeholders (public & private) will each get up to 3 min to make a statement or recommendation. Followed by remarks by Under Secretary Northey

Round-table Discussion with state Directors and provincial Ministers of Agriculture and private sector leaders from across the region
  • Topics of discussion will include:
  • Trade and NAFTA impacts on the agriculture sector and recommendations for modernization
  • The impact of tariffs 
  • Regulatory Cooperation Issues
  • Finding opportunities to collaborate on crop research 
Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan 
Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, British Columbia
Celia Gould, Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Ben Thomas, Director, Montana Department of Agriculture
Derek Sandison, Director, Washington Department of Agriculture

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Larry Doke

MLA, Working Group Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
Larry Doke was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election and re-elected in April of 2016. MLA Doke is the PNWER Vice-President. Before moving to Metinota, Larry was the owner/operator of Fairview Dodge in North Battleford. He was involved in the... Read More →
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Celia Gould

Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture
Celia Gould was appointed Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and assumed her post on January 2, 2007.Celia is an owner/operator of a fourth-generation farming and ranching operation, G+ Ranches, where she and her family raise Black... Read More →
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Patrick Kole

Working Group Co-Chair, Vice President Legal & Government Affairs, Idaho Potato Commission
Patrick Kole is the Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). Mr. Kole has practiced law for the past thirty-nine years.  He has specialized for the last twenty-four with IPC, where he focused, in part, on market access issues, including developing... Read More →
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Under Secretary Bill Northey

United States Department of Agriculture
William Howard Northey currently serves as the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation in the United States Department of Agriculture since 2018. Northey was nominated to the Under Secretary position by President Donald Trump in September 2017. After a hold by Senator... Read More →
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Honourable Lana Popham

Minister of Agriculture, Government of British Columbia
Lana Popham was first elected MLA for Saanich South in 2009, since then she has been relected twice and is currently serving as British Columbia’s Minister for Agriculture. Lana grew up on Quadra Island where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of... Read More →
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Derek Sandison

Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Derek Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective June 15, 2015.As WSDA director, Derek oversees an agency responsible for animal health, plant inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and certification... Read More →
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Ben Thomas

Director, Montana Department of Agriculture
Prior to joining the department, Ben served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the Marketing and Regulatory Programs Mission Area at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he helped oversee the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Meeting Room 1

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