The Ag Negotiator is responsible for conducting and overseeing international negotiations related to trade of the nation’s agricultural products – including Idaho potatoes.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said the nomination of Trevino for chief agricultural trade negotiator will benefit US Agriculture.
“AFBF is encouraged by President Biden’s nomination of Elaine Trevino as chief agricultural trade negotiator. Her strong roots in agriculture and her experience in America’s largest exporting state have prepared her for the challenges of representing the nation on trade issues," said Duvall.
As President of the Almond Alliance of California, Trevino led a member-based trade association that advocated regulatory and legislative issues in international trade, food safety, water quality, crop protection, air quality, worker safety, supply chain and feed quality.
Trevino worked on COVID-19 relief, addressing retaliatory tariffs, climate smart farming, public private partnerships for opening new markets and strengthening existing markets and addressing technical sanitary and phytosanitary barriers. The Director works at the local and federal levels on addressing port congestions and supply chain disruptions and excessive costs.
“We see Opportunities to create new trade agreements with the European Union and Great Britain as well as expanding the China Phase 1 agreement make filling this position with the most qualified person as extremely important. We look forward to working with Ms. Trevino to help ensure a level playing field and to create new avenues for farmers and ranchers to feed the world,” said Duvall.