NGFA, ag groups support Trevino as USTR chief ag negotiator 

In a letter to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, NGFA and 169 other U.S. food and agriculture groups urged the prompt confirmation of Elaine Trevino as chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

In the letter sent Oct. 15, the groups urged the committee to advance Trevino’s nomination as soon as possible, noting she is “eminently qualified…in addressing the most pressing food and agriculture trade policy issues.”

These issues include “the critical importance of opening up new markets, the need to address growing trade challenges with China, the continual erection of new barriers to trade by the European Union, and the management of an expanding set of trade issues with Mexico, the enforcement of existing trade agreements and the imperative of tackling non-tariff barriers to trade around the world,” the letter noted. 

“We believe that Ms. Trevino has the experience and expertise to secure greater market access for U.S. products and ensure enforcement of clear and fair rules with our trade partners so U.S. food and agriculture workers and our industry sectors may fairly compete in the global economy,” stated the food and agriculture groups. 

Trevino is president of the Almond Alliance of California (AAC). Prior to leading AAC, she was president of California Strategic Solutions, a consulting company focused in business development and public and government relations. She also served as a deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Gray Davis. Trevino received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley.