Dear Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Crapo:

The undersigned food and agriculture trade associations respectfully urge confirmation of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative.

Our associations represent the vast majority of the food and agriculture sector accounting for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting more than 23 million jobs – constituting nearly 15 percent of total U.S. employment.

Ms. Tai is eminently qualified and deeply familiar with the mission of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in opening foreign markets and reducing barriers for U.S. food and agriculture workers and exporters for the benefit of consumers in the U.S. and across the globe. We especially value Ms.

Tai’s demonstrated ability to build bipartisan support for trade policies. We submit that these capabilities are essential to the success of the next Trade Representative in addressing the most pressing trade policy issues, including trade relationship challenges with China and the European Union, as well as enforcement of existing trade agreements and tackling non-tariff barriers to trade. We believe that Ms. Tai 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.

Please feel free to call upon any of the undersigned associations to expand upon our rationale for supporting the nomination of Katherine Tai.


Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Agricultural Retailers Association

Almond Alliance of California

American Bakers Association

American Beekeeping Federation

American Dairy Products Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

Animal Health Institute

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Cherry Export Association

California Fresh Fruit Association

California Grain and Feed Association

California League of Food Processors

California Pear Growers Association

California Table Grape Commission

Colorado Dairy Farmers

Consumer Brands Association

Corn Refiners Association

Cotton Warehouse Association of America

Crop Insurance Professionals Association

Dairy Producers of New Mexico

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

Farmers for Free Trade

Florida Tomato Exchange

FMI – Food Industry Association

Food Northwest

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Hop Growers of America

Illinois Pork Producers Assoc.

Imperial Valley Asparagus Growers Association

Indiana Dairy Producers

Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils

International Dairy Foods Association

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Iowa State Dairy Association

Kansas Dairy Association

Kansas Grain and Feed Association

Kansas Pork Association

Leather & Hide Council of America

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers

Meat Import Council of America, Inc.

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Apple Association

Michigan Pork Producers Association

Midwest Food Products Associations, Inc.

Milk Producers Council

Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Minnesota Pork Producers Association

Missouri Pork Association

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pecan Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Sorghum Producers

National Turkey Federation

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

New York Pork Producers

North American Export Grain Association

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North American Renderers Association

North Carolina Pork Council

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Northwest Horticultural Council

Ohio Pork Council

Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association

Oregon Dairy Farmers Association

Oregon Feed and Grain Association

Organic Trade Association

Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association

Panhandle Peanut Growers Association

Pet Food Institute

Produce Marketing Association

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association

SNAC International

South Dakota Dairy Producers

South East Dairy Farmers Association

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Sweetener Users Association

Tennessee Feed and Grain Association

Tennessee Pork Producers Association

Texas Grain and Feed Association

The Hardwood Federation

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Wheat Associates

United Fresh Produce Association

United States Peanut Federation

US Rice Producers Association

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

USA Rice Federation

Virginia Pork Council

Washington Apple Commission

Western Growers

Western Peanut Growers Association


Wisconsin Agri-Business Association

Date Sent:

January 26, 2021


Agriculture Coalition Group


U.S. Senate Committee on Finance


International Trade