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For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lance Jungmeyer (lance@freshfrommexico.com) or
Allison Moore (amoore@freshfrommexico.com)


FPAA Supports the nomination of Thomas Vilsack as Sec. of Agriculture  and Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas joins letter in support for nominees in key USDA and USTR positions.

NOGALES, Az. (Jan. 27, 2021) – The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) joined the Food & Agriculture Associations letter addressed to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance supporting Secretary of Agriculture nominee, Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative nominee, Katherine Tai.

Vilsack who has been nominated to serve as Agriculture Secretary in the Biden Administration also served as Secretary of Agriculture during the Obama Administration and has since been involved with the Dairy Export Council.  Additionally, Vilsack has a strong background in developing rural communities.

As U.S. Trade Representative, nominee Tai will work closely with President-elect Biden as his principal trade advisor and will also oversee trade negotiations with other countries. Tai has extensive experience in trade negotiations, and she also played a key role in the most recent United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA.)

“Both Ms. Tai and Sec. Vilsack have an outstanding knowledge of the intricacies of trade, and the value of building meaningful and productive relationships with their peers in Mexico,” said FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer. “These nominees will help fulfill the promise of USMCA.”

As the new administration begins its preparations for the next four years, supporting nominees who support trade including tackling non-tariff barriers to trade is of great importance to the FPAA.

To view the support letters please see below:

Katherine Tai Support Letter

Thomas Vilsack Support Letter