Wanted: Chief Agricultural Negotiator

January 26, 2018 04:39 PM
Ag groups are trying to strong-arm the Senate into confirming Gregg Doud as chief agricultural negotiator.

As the sixth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade agreement are underway in Montreal. Not only are ag groups lobbying the White House to stay in the negotiation, but they’ve also started a campaign to have Gregg Doud confirmed to his post as chief agricultural negotiator by the Senate.

Doud wanted poster

President Trump announced Doud, a former Senate ag staffer and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) official, as the nominee for chief agricultural negotiator to the U.S. Trade Representative in mid-June. Still, the Senate has not confirmed his appointment which also means he has not been able to participate in the NAFTA talks. The Packer reports Senator Jeff Flake put a hold on Doud's confirmation because of the Trump administration's proposal to use trade laws as a remedy against surges of Mexican imports. NCBA is calling the move irresponsible. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts opposes the hold saying that it actually has nothing to do with Doud.

Negotiations continue to march along without somebody to fill ag’s seat at the table.

Back to news


Spell Check

bad axe, MI
1/26/2018 07:51 PM

  I hate to sound like a broken record but NAFTA isn't going to do the farmer any good since the IMF and THE WORLD BANK let China's currency in as a primary worlds reserve currency in October. The European Union Central Bank dumped the US dollar and is using the China's currency for there reserves now, that's why the US dollar in a free fall. That's why at THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORM this week at Dovos . That's why Daddy Trump, Uncle Wilber and cousin Steve are over thare being arrogant , ponding there chest and saying AMERICA FIRST, AMERICA FIRST. There (the other world country's) basically saying Donald your 70 trillion debt is more than the rest of the world's combined credit market debt. China and Russia is just laughing at us as we self emplode under all this credit market debt .


Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by QTInfo.com
Brought to you by Beyer