The most recent big deal Big Ag supported was the World Trade Organization's Doha Development Round. These talks, 12 years old and going nowhere, have been stalled since Dec. 2011. As such, Doha has had no bearing on this ag export spike whatsoever.
Actually, Doha yakkers are going somewhere. All are scheduled to restart negotiations in Bali, Indonesia-the one world class resort destination they somehow overlooked in these career-long, travel-to-talk talks-in Dec. 2013.
Bali in December sounds rough but Ron Kirk won't have to suffer. His work is done, and he's headed back to Texas long before then.
Where, no doubt, you'll forget him again.
Columnist Alan Guebert is the owner of Ag Comm in Delavan, Ill. Guebert's Farm and Food File is published weekly in more than 70 newspapers in North America. Contact him at http://www.farmandfoodfile.com.
47th Year No. 51 Friday, March 15, 2013
See KIRK, Page 2F
S.D. PUC Commissioners
explain new grain buying
regulations on page 6F
Farmer to Farmer