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Longtime USDA adviser nominated for agricultural trade post

09 June 2022

McKalip's knowledge of the industry spans decades

US President Joe Biden intends to nominate Doug McKalip, a veteran agricultural and trade policy expert, to be the US Trade Representative's next chief agricultural trade negotiator, reported Reuters, citing the White House on Wednesday.

McKalip, a longtime US Department of Agriculture (USDA) official, has served as the senior adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on trade, national security and animal and plant health regulations since March 2021.

"Doug McKalip is a highly qualified nominee with decades of experience in public service," US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement.

"His institutional knowledge of USDA spans multiple administrations, from leading different offices to serving as trusted advisor to Secretary Vilsack, and will help us continue the close collaboration between our agencies that has enabled so much success."

The position directs USTR's negotiations aimed at boosting US farm exports, such as a recent agreement to allow more US beef exports to Japan.

The United States is currently locked in a dispute with Canada over Ottawa's allocation of dairy import quotas under the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which USTR says undermines agreed US access to Canada's protected dairy market.

Source: Reuters



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