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August 24, 2021
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BCI’s Market Development and Global Access Teams traveled to Minneapolis earlier this month to deliver an update on the firm’s work related to the CMC’s international program. This was the Market Development team’s first in-person Board meeting since 2020! It was a hybrid meeting format with about half of the participants on Zoom and half in person. Shelby Sackett briefed the Committee on activities in China and India.

On BCI’s Global Access side, Matt Lantz and Adam Hollowell briefed the industry on the latest cranberry tariff and regulatory changes, while Alinne Oliveira, and Heleana Lally covered important MRL updates. It was the first in-person meeting for many of our Global Access team as well. Following the meeting, Alinne and Heleana embarked on a three-hour drive to Wisconsin Rapids to participate in an industry field day.

March 2, 2021
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Bryant Christie Inc. is very pleased to announce that Matt Lantz, Vice President for Global Access, has been accepted as a lifetime member by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. CFR’s goal is to start a conversation in the United States about the need for Americans to better understand the world. 

The Council on Foreign Relations is first and foremost a membership organization whose individual and corporate members represent a group unmatched in accomplishment.  Based throughout the country and around the world, CFR members are exposed to top talent and expertise brought together to generate intellectual conversation regarding the most relevant topics in foreign policy and international relations. 

CFR’s membership represents a group unmatched in accomplishment and diversity in the field of international affairs.  Members include Former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, James Baker, Madeline Albright, and Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin, author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, and actor Angelina Jolie.

By joining CFR, Matt is being recognized as a leading voice in the country on international agriculture trade policy issues.   As part of the CFR, he will represent Bryant Christie Inc. and provide a voice on international agriculture trade to the leaders of foreign policy in the United States. 

The CFR is a trusted and indispensable resource on the foreign policy choices facing the United States.  More information on the group can be found at www.cfr.org.

February 10, 2021
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Two BCI staff members are currently serving on the USDA Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Fruit and Vegetables.  Matt Lantz, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, was reappointed on January 14, 2021 to serve a second five year term representing the US cranberry industry, and Will Callis, BCI’s Senior Manager for Market Development, is in his second year representing the US apple industry.

ATAC Advisors have a security clearance and are asked to provide guidance to the US Trade Representative’s Office and senior USDA officials on trade policy matters.   They convey priorities for their industries on matters such as trade agreement negotiations and emerging trade barriers.  BCI is pleased to have two staff members serving on the fruit and vegetable ATAC on behalf of important US agriculture industries.

February 10, 2021
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During the week of January 25, BCI’s Market Development team members participated in virtual meetings hosted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the US Agriculture Economic Development Council (USAEDC) called “The Role of the Agricultural Trade Office.” ATOs are the USDA offices overseas that promote US agriculture exports.  

The sessions featured panelists from several Agricultural Trade Offices and agriculture groups detailing their experiences working together to promote US agricultural products overseas. The focus was on leveraging the resources and knowledge of ATOs to serve the US agricultural community in their markets via trade shows and events, market intelligence, speaking opportunities, and more.  Communication was stressed as important to keeping each other looped in on collaborative opportunities.

 

September 10, 2020
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On September 8, 2020, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, Matt Lantz, addressed the Ministers of Agriculture from seven Central American countries.   Matt was asked to speak on the potential impact European pesticide policies may have on exports of Central American crops to the EU.  

Highlighting the challenges to products like bananas, coffee, and pineapple, Matt stressed the need for a coordinated regional response that used risk-based principles and the international Codex system to ensure both consumer safety and the ability to grow and export crops.   He also encouraged the countries to coordinate such efforts as a region and to reach out to other parts of the world such as Africa, which are facing similar challenges.

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November 19, 2019
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On December 18, BCI Vice President for Global Access Matt Lantz and Trade Policy Specialist Alinne Oliveira participated in the Global Hop Summit in Brussels.   The goal of the meeting was to inform members of the European Parliament and European Commission on issues affecting the long term production of hops. 

Alinne Oliveira moderated the entire event, while Matt Lantz spoke on how EU pesticide policies are impacting hop production both in Europe and around the world.   Matt also participated in several panel discussions including one with the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee. 

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April 9, 2019
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Bryant Christie works with embassies around the world to untangle regulatory red tape that cuts into exporters' profits.  This week, James Christie, BCI's president, and Matt Lantz, VP of global access, are in Tokyo, eliminating trade barriers and learning more about upcoming trade talks. 

If you have a trade barrier that's keeping you from exporting, please visit BCI's Global Access page.

October 10, 2016
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Matt Lantz, BCI Vice President for Global Access, was invited to speak at an upcoming WTO SPS Workshop on Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).  Matt’s name was put forward by the U.S. government as he, and BCI more generally, are recognized leaders on MRL policies and their impact on agricultural production and trade.  The workshop will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on October 24 and 25.  Specifically, Matt was asked to speak about on The Role of the Private Sector in the Establishment and Implementation of MRLs.  Other topics to be covered over the two days include approaches to establishing MRLs, compliance and implementation, risk assessment, and more.

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