Dan Ikenson is the director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manner of international trade and investment policy. Dan’s main focus is on U.S.-China trade relations; bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and institutions; globalization; U.S. manufacturing issues; trade politics; and trade remedies, such as the antidumping regime.
Michael Swanson is an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, his responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs.
Randy Blach is CEO of CattleFax, an organization focused on helping member cattle producers make more profitable marketing and management decisions. CattleFax is the cattle and beef industry leader on timely market information, analysis and research.
Brett Stuart co-founded Global AgriTrends in 2006 with the mission to provide real-time market intelligence for the global agriculture sector. The firm is focused on research and analysis of global meat and livestock. Prior to this, Brett was the lead economist for the U.S. Meat Export Federation and also worked for CattleFax as a global markets analyst.
Jim Sumner has served as President of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) since February 1990. USAPEEC is a non-profit membership organization, which represents approximately 220 of the leading poultry processing companies, trading companies, and affiliated organizations involved in exporting.
Chris DuBois is a senior Principal at IRI, a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights. Chris leads some of IRI’s largest protein-focused client teams, as well as the IRI Center of Excellence for Fresh Food and its relationships with industry associations. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and meetings.
Johan Norberg is a Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. He is an author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker and has written on a broad range of topics including global economics and popular science. His book "In Defence of Global Capitalism" has been published in more than 25 countries while his most recent book, "Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future", is described by The Economist as “a blast of good sense.”
Damian Mason is an Agricultural Humorist who shares insights on the issues facing the business of food production. Damian delivers crisp Ag commentary and comedy that resonates with the people who produce, process, package, sell and transport the bounty of North American agriculture. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and has also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City in Chicago.
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