McKalips nominated as chief agricultural negotiator


McKalips nominated as chief agricultural negotiator

The U.S. might soon have a new chief agricultural negotiator for trade.  President Biden has nominated long-time USDA staffer Doug McKalip for the role at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says McKalip has demonstrated a consistent ability to tackle difficult issues and that American agriculture and USTR will be well served by having him in this new role. 

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai says McKalip is a highly qualified nominee and his institutional knowledge of USDA spans multiple administrations, from leading different offices to serving as a trusted advisor to Secretary Vilsack.

The American Soybean Association welcomed the nomination.  CEO and former USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky says U.S. agriculture faces numerous challenges on the global marketplace, and that McKalip understands these challenges deeply and ASA is thrilled about this nomination.

McKalip also has the support of the U.S. Grains Council which issued a statement saying McKalip will be able to use his strong background in farm and trade policy and his knowledge of biotechnology to advance trade priorities and open markets for U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, and co-products.

McKalip’s nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate.