Press Release – 

Arlington, Virginia, United States

WHO: The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is excited to announce United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai will participate in the hybrid 2021 NASDA Annual Meeting. The Ambassador will hold a virtual conversation with Washington State Director of Agriculture Derek Sandison on the Biden Administration’s priorities for international trade and challenges facing the U.S. food and agriculture industry.

Ambassador Katherine Tai was sworn in as the 19th United States Trade Representative on March 18, 2021. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Tai is the principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on U.S. trade policy.

Prior to her unanimous Senate confirmation, Ambassador Tai spent most of her career in public service focusing on international economic diplomacy, monitoring, and enforcement. She previously served as Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Committee in the United States Congress. In this capacity, Ambassador Tai played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. trade law, negotiations strategies, and bilateral and multilateral agreements, including the recently re-negotiated United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

WHERE: Both virtual and in-person conference attendees will be able to watch the recorded conversation. The hybrid NASDA Annual Meeting is being held in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 19-22 at the Seelbach Hotel.

HOW: Registration is free for all members of the press. Please register by Friday, September 17 to attend.

WHAT: The 2021 NASDA Annual Meeting is themed “Redefining Agriculture.” The meeting theme will guide NASDA’s conversations and policy making on COVID-19 recovery and agricultural and food issues. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the entire conference, and use our hashtag #RedefiningAg.

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. To learn more about NASDA, please visit


United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai