Ag Trade Nominee's Plan: 'Break Down the Barriers'


By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming - 7/29/2022


Doug McKalip told senators that if he’s confirmed as U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, “it will be my duty to break down the barriers” to U.S. food and ag exports. During a friendly and relatively brief confirmation hearing on Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, he pledged to press U.S. trade partners to live up to existing agreements.


“I also look forward to ensuring farmers and ranchers are front and center as USTR [the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative] looks to strengthen our trade relationships, execute new initiatives, and address challenges like China,” said McKalip, a USDA trade adviser since March 2021.


McKalip has spent three decades in the federal government. He was director of the White House Rural Council under President Obama and has held a variety of USDA posts, including acting chief of staff for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during his first stint as agency head. President Biden nominated McKalip for agricultural negotiator last month after his initial choice withdrew from consideration...


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