Chief ag negotiator nomination hearing held
Nominee Doug McKalip promises to advocate for expanded market access for ag producers in testimony to senators.
Jacqui Fatka, Feedstuffs
Jul 28, 2022
During his nomination hearing July 28, chief agricultural negotiator nominee Doug McKalip shared with Senate Finance Committee members the experiences that will help guide him if confirmed to continue to advocate on behalf of farmers to increase market opportunities and break down trade barriers.
While starting off the hearing, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says McKalip brings nearly 30 years of federal public service to his nomination, including in a variety of roles focused on ag policy and the well-being of rural communities in America. He’s currently a top adviser to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on trade, ag safety, national security and a host of other issues. He’s served in several other leadership positions at the Department of Agriculture and with the Domestic Policy Council.
“He’s got a lot of fans on both sides of this committee, and his nomination comes at an absolutely critical time,” Wyden says.
McKalip says in his current role at USDA, he helped spearhead negotiations that led to greater market access in Mexico for U.S.-grown potatoes which have been ongoing for 10 years. “I am proud of the results and believe that we need to double down in our resolve to get similar tangible outcomes for our producers on a wide range of commodities.”
McKalip says that win was the result of close collaboration between USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative...