The Senate confirms Alexis Taylor as USDA Trade Undersecretary

Ag leaders and groups are welcoming her to the position.

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USDA’s Undersecretary for Trade and Agricultural Affairs position has been vacant since the time President Biden took office. Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed Alexis Taylor to hold that position.

Taylor is an Iowa native and has directed the Oregon Agriculture Department since 2016, according to Agri-Pulse. She was also deputy undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services at USDA during the Obama Administration.

Many ag leaders and groups are applauding her confirmation, including Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Senator Joni Ernst

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

“We have worked closely with Ms. Taylor in her previous roles at USDA and on Capitol Hill, and she is a proven advocate for farmers and ranchers. We look forward to partnering with Ms. Taylor to open new markets to American beef and help U.S. cattle producers see even more benefit from trade,” said NCBA Government Affairs Vice President Ethan Lane.

U.S. Meat Export Federation

“USMEF thanks the U.S. Senate for its confirmation of Alexis Taylor, who will be a tremendous asset to USDA and a champion for U.S. agriculture. USMEF had many opportunities to work with Ms. Taylor in her previous roles at USDA and she brings an exceptionally strong background and track record to this key position,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom.

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National Milk Producers Federation

“Her dedication and experience make her the perfect choice to serve American dairy producers and cooperatives’ goals of expanding access to international markets through this crucial role. We look forward to working together in ensuring agricultural export opportunities are included in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and other trade initiatives, in ensuring USMCA is fully and fairly implemented, and in tackling barriers to U.S. dairy exports in markets around the world,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern.

National Pork Producers Federation

Story via Philip Brasher with Agri-Pulse.

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