Statement by Joel G. Newman,
President and CEO,
American Feed Industry Association,
Regarding Senate Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer
May 11, 2017
“The American Feed Industry Association thanks the Senate for its confirmation of Robert Lighthizer, the new U.S. Trade Representative. USTR is a key player under U.S. law in the development and implementation of U.S. international trade policy and leading our country’s trade negotiations.
“We welcome Ambassador Lighthizer and look forward to working with him to keep agricultural trade issues a top priority. During his confirmation process, Ambassador Lighthizer highlighted the importance of international trade in our industry and made note that U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses would be taken into greater account during the renegotiation of NAFTA.
“NAFTA, currently under the limelight, will be at the top of our list as the Trump administration moves forward with its plans to renegotiate the agreement’s terms with Canada and Mexico. We look forward to working with the new ambassador on the renegotiation of NAFTA and other trade accords to come.”