Deputy Agriculture Secretary Darci Vetter’s confirmation by the Senate as the U.S. chief agricultural negotiator is drawing praise from agricultural leaders.
Vetter is expected to play a key role for agriculture in U.S. trade negotiations, including the Asia-focused Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Europe-oriented Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Ray Gilmer, vice president of issues management and communications for the Washington, D.C., based United Fresh Produce Association, said in a statement that the group looked forward to working closely with Vetter to expand trade opportunities for the U.S. fresh produce industry.
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said Vetter will bring strong experience to the position.
“Ambassador Vetter’s most recent experience at USDA provided her with direct exposure to the workings of many of the critical programs related to trade currently offered by the federal government and the array of agricultural sectors involved in expanding U.S. farm and ranch exports,” Stallman said in a statement.
Agriculture Tom Vilsack also praised Vetter, who succeeds Isi Siddiqui.
Before her position at USDA, the Nebraska native served as an international trade advisor on the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, according to her biography on the USDA website. Vetter also has worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, most recently as director for agricultural affairs, according to the USDA.