Ag Groups React to Trade Rep Confirmation

The U.S. Senate last week unanimously confirmed Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative.

Tai previously served as the USTR’s chief counsel for China trade enforcement during the Obama administration and chief trade lawyer for the House Ways and Means committee.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says Tai’s ability to build bipartisan support for policies and enforce fair trade rules will help U.S. farmers and ranchers compete internationally and continue feeding the world.

Duvall’s statement on the appointment was among more than a half-dozen offered by agriculture trade groups. They expressed both urgency and opportunity in the work ahead for Tai.

U.S. Wheat Associates President Vince Peterson said the confirmation comes at a crucial time for U.S. wheat farmers who will want Tai to hold China to additional enforcement language in the phase one agreement.

Source: Brownfield Ag News