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Agriculture Secretary Proposes Creating Under Secretary for Trade Position; Meat Institute Praises Decision

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a report to Congress detailing his proposal to reorganize USDA's international trade functions, including a plan to establish the position of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA's trade structure has remained unchanged since the last reorganization in 1978.

The new Under Secretary will enhance USDA's ability to address sanitary and phytosanitary and non-tariff barriers affecting U.S. exports, while working to open new markets for U.S. agricultural products, according to the report. The Under Secretary also will chair an inter-agency committee that includes the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Federal Grain Inspection Service.

In a statement , Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter applauded the move to establish the Under Secretary role stating, "it will bring unified high level, agriculture-focused representation to key trade negotiations with senior, foreign officials and within the Executive Branch to help grow trade opportunities around the world."

The full proposed reorganization report is available here .

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