[6 February/ Dairy Reporter]

The US Dairy Exporters Council and National Milk Producers Federation have both urged the US Senate to swiftly approve the nomination by the Trump Administration of Gregg Doud to the role of Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative.  Mr Doud’s nomination has been on hold since June 2017 due to concerns by one senator over an aspect of the North American Free Trade Agreement but that block has now been lifted, the organisations have said that the importance of agriculture and what is at stake for the industry in the NAFTA negotiations makes it important that Mr Doud is confirmed swiftly as the next ambassador.  The organisations stress that America’s dairy farmers rely on carefully calibrated trade agreements which makes a strong advocate for agriculture critical in the Office of the US Trade Representative.  They add that despite the President wanting to have smart, intelligent trade agreements the US is falling behind in trade agreements if it is compared to competitors like Europe, New Zealand and Australia.