Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai released a statement following a meeting with the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee last week. Ambassador Tai detailed how the Biden-Harris Administration’s trade agenda aligns with the objectives of the agricultural sector.
The Ambassador discussed how USTR is working to support the ability of U.S. agricultural producers to expand access to foreign markets and a new customer base, according to the statement. Secretary Vilsack emphasized the importance of promoting exports and finding new overseas markets, and that agricultural trade is tied to the health of rural economies.
Vilsack provided an overview of priorities, including trade with China, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementation, and trade with the EU. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is managed jointly by the Department of Agriculture and USTR.
The committee includes various leaders of commodity and farm groups and agribusiness organizations, focused on ensuring U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives reflect U.S. public- and private-sector interests.