Nearly 100 agriculture and farm groups have informed the Senate of their strong endorsement of Darci Vetter’s nomination to be chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, the group said that Vetter “brings a wealth of well-rounded background expertise.  She has already had over six years of experience at USTR, dealing with implementation of various provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

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She has also had extensive experience working for the Senate Finance Committee, giving her a sound understanding of the importance as well as the workings of Congress.  Her most recent experience within the U.S. Department of Agriculture has also given her direct exposure to the workings of many of the critical programs related to trade currently offered by the federal government as well as the numerous trade associations involved in helping to stimulate agricultural trade.”  Those signing the letter include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, American Soybean Association, Dairy Farmers of America, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and National Pork Producers Council.