March 2, 2018

Industry Applauds Trade Leadership Appointments

 |  By: Mike Opperman

This week the Senate confirmed the appointment of Greg Doud, Dennis Shea and C.J. Mahoney to key positions a the U.S. Trade Representative's office. 

Doud, who was raised on a farm near Mankato, Kansas, was most recently the president of the Commodity Markets Council. Prior to that he was on staff with Senators Pat Roberts and Thad Cochran while working for the Senate Agriculture Committee. Shea is an attorney who is vice chairman of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which is charged with annually assessing the security, economic and trade relationship between the two countries, including China’s compliance with its commitments to the World Trade Organization. Mahoney is a partner in a law firm who has extensive experience arbitrating international trade disputes.

Reaction to the appointments was positive among dairy groups. 

"These individuals have demonstrable experience in the areas of agriculture and trade policy, and we’re confident they will strongly advocate for U.S. dairy and agriculture overall," says Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “Ambassador Doud’s confirmation as chief agricultural negotiator comes at a critical time for the American farming community. As modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, he will be instrumental in defending what is working well for agriculture and fixing what is broken, such as Canada’s damaging dairy pricing scheme and other barriers."

“Ambassador Lighthizer has pledged that agriculture ‘will be front and center’ in any trade deal the U.S. negotiates, including," says Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. "I can’t think of a better person than Gregg Doud to be on those front lines."