January 28, 2020

Trade; WRDA; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Regs; and, Biotech Labels


The Senate Finance Committee considered five executive branch nominees yesterday, including Darci Vetter, who has been nominated to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) indicated at yesterday’s hearing that, “If confirmed, Ms. Vetter will have the important task of being the lead trade negotiator to take on the tariff and non-tariff barriers that are imposed all over the world on American agriculture exports. The U.S. has an ambitious trade agenda with important agriculture negotiations taking place among the world’s biggest and most dynamic markets. It will be important for the United States to have a skilled hand in these negotiations, and Darci is the right person at the right time.

“Right now, for example, the U.S. is in the middle of important, yet difficult, negotiations with Japan and other Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP] participants regarding America’s most important agricultural crops: wheat, dairy, poultry. We will be relying on Darci to push for the comprehensive and ambitious outcome that our farmers and producers expect and our economy needs.”