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Center Advisors
Dr. John J. VanSickle, Executive Director
352.392.1881 ext.221, sickle@ufl.edu

Prior to pursuing his graduate degree, he worked for a large cooperative in Gowrie, Iowa as their Feed Department Manager. While at Iowa State University, his research focused on the operation of cooperatives. He joined our faculty in 1980. His primary work at the University of Florida centers on marketing fruits and vegetables. His research and extension efforts have resulted in a market information system from which users throughout the U.S. obtain information. He has also conducted extensive research on international competition in the fresh produce industry and served as lead economist for petitioners to the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from increased imports.

Specialization: International Trade, Agricultural Marketing, Computerized Marketing , Risk Management (Vegetables, Citrus and Livestock)

Center Faculty
Dr. Edward "Gilly" Evans, UF/IFAS,
352.392.1881 ext.307, email.eaevans@ifas.ufl.edu

A graduate of the University of Florida, has extensive work experience (over 15 years) in the area of international trade and development. His work entailed conducting theoretical and empirical analysis of international trade policy rules and institutions such as, GATT, WTO, NAFTA, LOME. As a diplomat for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Georgetown Guyana S.A. he played a critical role in a number of important trade negotiations and research project. He was a member of the team that drafted the original New Banana Regime for the ACP countries. He has done a considerable amount of work relating to trade in sugar, rum, oils and fats, and bananas and has vast experience in Caribbean and Latin American affairs. He has authored or co-authored several publications including two book chapters.

Specialization: International Trade and Development, Latin America and Caribbean Affairs, Invasive Pests (Sugar and Ornamentals)
Dr. Carlton Davis, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1881 ext.313, email.cgdavis@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in the areas of international agricultural trade and development, and Caribbean agro-economic issues. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 1970. Dr. Davis has written extensively on food policy issues in the U.S. and on agricultural trade and development issues in the Caribbean. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow in agricultural economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad Campus from 1968-69. He spent 1991 through 1992 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of the West Indies, Trinidad. He is the Program Manager for the UF/IFAS/FRED Cooperative Agreement (CA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Dr. Davis was awarded the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Florida in 1990. In 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Specialization: International Trade and Development, Caribbean and Latin American Issues (Labor)
Dr. Thomas H. Spreen, Chair, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1826 ext.209, email.thspreen@ifas.ufl.edu

His research interests include the application of quantitative methods to price analysis, marketing, policy analysis, and decision-making. His research as included bioeconomic simulation of beef and dairy cattle production systems. He has developed a model of the world processed orange market.

Specialization: Quantitative Methods, Trade and Policy Issues, (Citrus)
Dr. David Mulkey, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1845 ext.406, email.wdmulkey@ifas.ufl.edu

Joined the faculty in 1977. He conducts research and extension education programs in regional economics and community development and teaches community economics and human resource policy. Dr. Mulkey has served as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and The Review of Regional Studies and is Past President of the Southern Regional Science Association.

Specialization: Regional Economics, Community Development, Economic Impact Analysis (Ornamentals)
Dr. Richard Weldon, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1826 ext.216, email.rnweldon@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in agribusiness management, agribusiness marketing, and agricultural finance. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1988. Dr. Weldon has carried out an applied research and educational program in the area of agribusiness finance in general and risk management in particular. He served as co-editor and editor of the Journal of Food Distribution Research from 1999-2002. He is currently president elect of the Food Distribution Research Society. Dr. Weldon was the first member of the Food and Resource Economics Department to be awarded a UF/IFAS Teaching Improvement Program Award.

Specialization: Agribusiness Management, Agribusiness and Agricultural Finance, Risk Analysis
Dr. Andrew Schmitz, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1845 ext.415, email.aschmitz@ifas.ufl.edu

The Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Eminent Scholar and a Professor of Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, Gainesville; Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley; and Adjunct Professor, University of Saskat chewan, Saskatoon. Born and raised on a farm west of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Andrew Schmitz received his B.S.A. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. He also received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics in 1966 and 1968, respectively (specializing in International Economics), at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His M.Sc. thesis won the best thesis award in agricultural economics from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Association; his Doctoral dissertation won the University of Wisconsin’s Harold Groves Doctoral Dissertation Award in Economics in 1968. He has won numerous awards, including an Earned Doctorate of Letters Degree (University of Saskatchewan), and three research of enduring quality awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association. His major research interest is International Trade.

Specialization: International Trade, Marketing, Cost Benefit Analysis, Antitrust Economics (Sugar & Livestock)
Dr. Richard Kilmer, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1881 ext.304, email.rlkilmer@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in agricultural marketing. He received his PhD in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University in 1975. He has written extensively in agricultural marketing. His focus is on dairy marketing, seasonal commodity pricing, quality in fresh fruits and vegetables, and import and export demand analysis. In 2000 he was awarded the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Interdisciplinary Research and Extension Team Award.

Specialization: Marketing and Market Structure (Dairy and Livestock)
Dr. Robert Emerson, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1881 ext.316, email.rdemerson@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in agricultural labor markets and labor migration, econometrics, and agricultural policy. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1971. Dr. Emerson has written extensively regarding agricultural labor markets and labor migration. The Department of Labor and the Department of Agriculture have provided funding for his projects addressing labor policy issues in agriculture. Additional projects have included labor issues in the food processing sector and applied economic analyses of developing country agriculture.

Specialization: Labor Markets, Agricultural Policy, Econometrics Modeling (Labor)
Dr. James Seale, FRED, UF/IFAS
352.392.1881 ext.414, email.jlseale@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in international economics and econometrics. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 1985. Dr. Seale writes extensively on several topics including global food demand, international income inequality, and import demand systems. Dr. Seale was recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship at the University of Chicago and was a Traveling Scholar, University of Michigan, Research Fellow, Cairo University, Egypt, Honorary Visiting Fellow and Professor, University of Leicester, England, and McKethan-Matherly Senior Research Fellow, University of Florida. He also received the William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award.

Specialization: International Agriculture Trade/Development, Demand Analysis, Econometrics (Vegetables)
Dr. Martha Roberts, UF/IFAS
Cell.850.509.7282, Office.850.875.7147,
email.mroberts@ifas.ufl.edu

Retired as the Deputy Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Tallahassee, Florida, in November, 2003. She served as a Director for the International Agricultural Trade and Policy Center until that time. She became a faculty member at the University of Florida in December, 2003, and works with the Center in a part-time faculty role. Dr. Roberts received her B.S. in Biology (Summa cum laud) from North Georgia College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Microbiology. She completed Public Health Postdoctoral training from the University of Georgia. Dr. Roberts served as President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials and the Conference for Food Protection.

Specializations: Invasive Pests, Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues, Food Safety and International Partnerships.
Stephen J. Powell, Esq., FRED UF/IFAS, Levin College of Law
352.392.2237, email.powells@law.ufl.edu

Mr. Powell has more than 25 years of experience in drafting and implementing U.S. trade and environmental laws and in litigating those laws and their international counterparts before federal courts and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels. He negotiated a number of treaties and executive agreements to discipline government subsidization and unfair private pricing practices - including the NAFTA alliance with Canada and Mexico. Mr. Powell also served as the lead U.S. negotiator in Free Trade Area of the Americas talks on subsidies and dumping, and has traveled extensively in furtherance of U.S. interests in the elimination of unfair trading practices and the opening of foreign markets. He is an expert on the trade laws of the principal U.S. market overseas and is an active member of the American Bar Association's International Law Section.

Additional Information on Mr. Powell
Dr. Daniel J. Cantliffe, Professor and Chair Horticultural Sciences Dept., UF/IFAS
352-392-1928 x 203, djc@ifas.ufl.edu

Dan received his BS from Delaware Valley College ( Dolyestown , PA ) and both his MS and PhD from Purdue University . Prior to coming to UF/IFAS in 1974 as an Assistant Professor in the Vegetable Crops Dept., he worked at the Horticulture Research Institute of Ontario at the Horticultural Experiment Station in Simcoe , Ontario , Canada from 1970 to 1974, and was a post-doc at Cornell University, 1969-70. Dan became chair of the Vegetable Crops Dept. in 1984, then Chair of the combined Horticultural Sciences Dept. in 1992. He has been the advising chair for 45 master's and PhD students and has been a member of an additional 25. Dan has had nearly 30 visiting faculty and post-docs work in his lab at UF. With nearly 700 manuscripts to his CV, Dan has been an advisor for industry, the scientific community, and other research universities worldwide. He currently is a member of 12 professional organizations, has received more than 40 awards and honors, reviews manuscripts for 18 scientific journals and has held leadership offices in regional, national, and international horticultural societies. Currently, Dan is the Chair of the Vegetable Section for the International Society of Horticultural Sciences where the next annual meeting is schedule for 2006 in Korea .

Specializations: Protected Culture of Vegetables, Seed Physiology.

Websites: www.hos.ufl.edu/protectedag ; www.hos.ufl.edu/djc
Elias Dinopoulos, Economics, UF
352.392.8150, email: elias.dinopoulos@cba.ufl.edu

Douglas L. Archer, Food Science and Human Nutrition, UF/IFAS


Affiliate Faculty
Dr. Jim Ross, FRED UF/IFAS
Dr. Won Koo, North Dakota State University, Agribusiness and Applied Economics
701.231.7334

Professor and Director of Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. He teaches international trade and econometrics. His research areas include evaluating the impacts of changes in economic and trade policies on the region's agricultural exports and international competitiveness, analyzing export opportunities of agricultural commodities and processed products under alternative trade arrangements, including North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other bilateral trade agreements with major importing countries, and analyzing all factors affecting trade flows to enhance the region's competitiveness in major foreign markets.

Specialization: International Trade and Development, (Sugar)
Dr Timothy Josling, Stanford University, Food Research Institute
650.723.3438, email.josling@leland.stanford.edu

Professor & Senior Fellow, Josling's work focuses on agricultural trade and food policy issues, as well as economic integration, with a special emphasis on the World Trade Organization, the EU Common Agricultural Policy, and U.S.-EU trade relations.Before taking his current positions at Stanford University, he has held positions at the London School of Economics and the Universities of Reading (United Kingdom) and Guelph (Canada). Professor Josling's work focuses on agricultural trade and food policy issues, as well as economic integration, with a special emphasis on the World Trade Organization, the EU Common Agricultural Policy, and U.S.-EU trade relations. Before taking his current positions at Stanford University, he has held positions at the London School of Economics and the Universities of Reading (United Kingdom) and Guelph (Canada).

Specialization International Trade and Development (SPS issues)

Post Doctoral Researchers
Nobi Iwai, Postdoctoral Research Associate,
352.392.1881 ext.211, email.niwai@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in international microeconomics, agricultural policy and development economics. Born and raised in Kashiwa, Japan, Nobi Iwai received his B. A. in Law from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He received his M.S. in Agricultural Economics and M.A. in Economics in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Ohio State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University in 2003.

Specialization: International Microeconomics, Agricultural Policy, Development Economics
Ram Ranjan, Postdoctoral Research Associate,
352.392.1881 ext.326, email.rranjan@ifas.ufl.edu

Specializes in invasive pest management and water markets. Dr. Ranjan earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Penn State University (2003). His thesis involved essays on the economics of managing global warming and invasive species, the central theme involving decision-making under uncertainty. Prior to his appointment with the Center, he was a visiting scholar at the USDA Economic Research Services in Washington DC where his research focused on the economics of introducing advanced water markets in the U.S. and on invasive species management. His current areas of interest involve exploring practicable approaches to invasive species management that account for risk prediction and management, inducing private participation and designing optimal public incentives. Other areas of interest include ecological restoration, water markets, design of ecological-economic models to study environmental problems.

Specialization: Invasive Species Management

Board of Directors
Dr. Walt Armbruster, Farm Foundation

Mr. Ben Bolusky, Florida Nurserymen & Growers Association

Mr. Reggie Brown, Florida Tomato Exchange

Manager of the Florida Tomato Committee in September 1999 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Florida Tomato Exchange. He is also the Executive Vice President of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange. Mr. Brown was also recently appointed to the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee. Other organizations that he currently provides leadership to include, the Florida Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman; President of the Florida Agricultural Conference & Trade Show (FACTS); and, serves on the Board of Directors of the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC).
Mr. Pat Cockrell, Florida Farm Bureau

Dr. Keith Collins, USDA

Mr. Andy LaVigne, Florida Citrus Mutual

Ms. Leslie Palmer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Hon. Adam Putnam, U.S. Congressman Florida's 12th Congressional District

Mr. Mike Stuart, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

As the association's chief executive officer and secretary/treasurer, Mr. Stuart oversees a staff of approximately 60 professional and support personnel employed by the association and its three subsidiaries. FFVA Agriculture Insurance Management, Florida East Coast Travel Services, and Third Party Registrations, Inc. He has worked in the produce industry throughout his career. department merchandiser for a large Southern California supermarket chain, and for the past 22 years as an association executive representing growers and shippers in Florida, California, and Arizona. Mr. Stuart currently serves as a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade, a private sector advisory group to both the Secretary of Agriculture and the United States Trade Representative. He formerly was a member of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables, and served as Chairman of the committee during the negotiation of both the Uruguay Round and the North American Free Trade Agreement. As Chairman of the ATAC, he led industry delegations to the European Union, Mexico, and Chile. He also previously served on the U.S./Canada Bilateral Industry Working Group, the Cal?Ag Committee on International Trade (Vice President), the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (Board of Directors), the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association International Trade Committee, and the Produce Marketing Association International Advisory Committee.

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