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U.S. Dairy Industry Supports Nomination of Elaine Trevino for Chief Agricultural Negotiator

CONTACTS:

Mark O'Keefe, USDEC
PHONE: (703) 528-4812
FAX: 703-528-3705
mokeefe@usdec.org

Alan Bjerga, NMPF
PHONE: (703) 243-6111
FAX: 703-841-9328
abjerga@nmpf.org

ARLINGTON, VA - On behalf of America's dairy farmers, exporters and manufacturers, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commend President Biden's selection of Elaine Trevino as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

"The role of Chief Agricultural Negotiator is essential in pursuing positive trade policy results for U.S. dairy farmers and in expanding overseas markets for dairy products," said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. "NMPF is pleased that in choosing Ms. Trevino to nominate for this position, President Biden has selected someone with the right background and clear understanding of trade's importance to American agriculture, both of which are vital to success in this position. I've been fortunate to serve on the president's Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee with Ms. Trevino and hope to see swift confirmation of her nomination by the Senate so she can commence the work that's so key for farmers across the country."

"U.S. dairy farmers, exporters and manufacturers have been eagerly awaiting the nomination of a Chief Agricultural Negotiator given the sizable role that trade plays in providing a home for the equivalent of more than a day's worth of U.S. milk production each week," said Krysta Harden, president and CEO of USDEC. "The world needs U.S. dairy and U.S. dairy needs the world. Our industry is eager for additional market opportunities to help us create more jobs here in America as we meet that demand with our high-quality, sustainably produced products. We urge the Senate to move swiftly to confirm Ms. Trevino and look forward to working closely with her to expand markets around the world."

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The U.S. Dairy Export Council is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Its mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and assist the U.S. industry to increase its global dairy ingredient sales and exports of U.S. dairy products. USDEC accomplishes this through programs in market development that build global demand for U.S. dairy products, resolve market access barriers and advance industry trade policy goals. USDEC is supported by staff across the United States and overseas in Mexico, South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. The U.S. Dairy Export Council prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, marital status, military status, and arrest or conviction record. www.usdec.org.