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Elaine Trevino as the chief agricultural negotiator

President Joe Biden has officially nominated Elaine Trevino as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Trevino currently serves as the president of the Almond Alliance of California, a member-based trade association that advocates on regulatory and legislative issues in areas of international trade, food safety, water quality and availability, crop protection, air quality, worker safety, supply chain and feed quality.

“Elaine Trevino understands the importance of America’s farmers and farming communities to the vitality of our economy. Her experience will help the Biden-Harris Administration craft durable trade policy that creates broad-based prosperity,” says USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai. “Throughout her impressive career serving in leadership positions at the state and federal level, Elaine has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders and demonstrated a keen understanding of trade and agriculture policy.” 

As the leader of an organization that advocates for California’s leading agricultural export, USTR notes Trevino understands tariff and nontariff barriers to trade and the importance of maintaining America’s strong trade agreements and global positioning reports

Trevino has worked on advocating for funding for COVID-19 relief, addressing retaliatory tariffs, climate smart farming, public private partnerships for opening new markets and strengthening existing markets and addressing technical sanitary and phytosanitary barriers. Trevino works at the local and federal levels on addressing port congestion, supply chain disruptions and excessive costs.

Trevino served as a deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Governor Gray Davis.  She was responsible for the oversight of the international export and trade programs, specialty crop block grant funding, division of marketing services, plant health and pest prevention and the statewide county fair network. Elaine serves on USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. 

Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, USTR says Trevino has a long history of community service and has a great respect for agriculture and the value of the industry to the overall economy.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says AFBF is encouraged by the nomination. “Her strong roots in agriculture and her experience in America’s largest exporting state have prepared her for the challenges of representing the nation on trade issues,” says Duvall.

Duvall adds, “Opportunities to create new trade agreements with the European Union and Great Britain as well as expanding the China Phase 1 agreement make filling this position with the most qualified person extremely important.” 


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