Acclaimed UTIA Expert to Present Seminar for Farmers, Ag Leaders at UT Martin

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Andrew Muhammad, pictured above, will be the keynote speaker at a seminar in West Tennessee for agriculture leaders and farmers interested in international trade. The event will take place on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. CDT. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Farmers and agriculture leaders who are interested in hearing the current assessment of international trade and its impact on U.S. and Tennessee agriculture should plan to gather at the University of Tennessee, Martin, the evening of April 16.

Andrew Muhammad, an international trade expert who serves as the chair of Excellence in Agricultural, Food and Natural Resource Policy for the UT Institute of Agriculture, will serve as the featured speaker at a discussion designed to enhance awareness and understanding of agriculture trade and international agriculture marketing. The seminar is sponsored by UT Extension, the UTM College of Agriculture and the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture.

“International agriculture markets play an increasingly important role in our domestic agriculture economy,” said Joey Mehlhorn, chair holder for the UTM Gil Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture and Natural Resources. “We are excited to host area farmers and agriculture leaders for this event on the UTM campus.”    

Rob Holland, director of the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, added, “All farmers are part of a global food supply system, and international trade has a direct impact on local agriculture. It is important to monitor the impact of international trade on Tennessee agriculture.”  Weakley County Agriculture Extension Agent Jeff Lannom expressed gratitude for this West Tennessee event. “We are glad to partner with UTM on this seminar and to have Dr. Muhammad provide an update on international trade specific to agriculture.”

Muhammad plans to specifically address these topics in his discussion:
·  The importance of exports and global markets to U.S. agriculture
·  How trade agreements make U.S. agriculture competitive
·  Causes and consequences of the U.S. China trade war on agriculture
·  Overall outlook for U.S. and Tennessee agricultural exports.

As a professor in the UT Herbert College of Agriculture Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Muhammad focuses on assisting agricultural decision makers in the evaluation of opportunities, policies and programs on international trade. His current research focuses on agricultural trade and trade policy, global competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, effects of trade on developing countries and global food demand.  His work is aimed at enhancing decision making by farmers, agribusinesses and policy makers on international trade and trade policy issues. Muhammad previously served as Associate Director of the Markets and Trade Economics Division (MTED), Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. He has written 49 refereed journal articles and approximately 30 reports and other publications, including peer-reviewed USDA reports.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, beginning with a meal at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the University Center Room 111 (Legislative Chambers).  The event is free to the public; however, pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by April 10 by calling Joey Mehlhorn or Suzanne Speight at 731-881-7211 or by email to mehlhorn@utm.edu.

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Contact:

Rob Holland, director, UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777, 
rwholland@utk.edu​