USTR continues to work on growing demand for US ag goods

The Chief Ag Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office says he’s working with global trading partners to grow demand for U.S. ag products. Doug McKalip tells Brownfield there are reasons U.S. goods are in high demand. “Crops, specialty crops, meat products, etc. carry with them a reputation for high quality and for a high level of consistency,” he says.  “They are just really a desirable product in those marketplaces.”

McKalip has been in Costa Rica this week, participating in bilateral discussions with the trade and agriculture ministries. He says his office is continuing its work to increase the productivity of talks with trading partners. “Keeping those conversations focused on science, keeping those conversations focused on facts, keeping the conversations happening,” he says. “Making sure the dialogue is continuous. It is really important.”

The Biden administration has been under fire for the growing ag trade deficit. But, McKalip says the administration remains focused on eliminating burdensome regulations to give farmers and ranchers fair access and the ability to compete on a level playing field globally.

AUDIO: Chief Ag Negotiator, USTR, Doug McKalip

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