President Trump has selected the right person for the Chief Agricultural Negotiator position, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Last week Trump announced his intent to nominate Gregory Doud of Kansas to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador, United States Trade Representative.
“Gregg has been a friend and colleague for many years, and I can testify first-hand that America’s cattlemen and women will be well-served by having Gregg at the table as agricultural trade deals are hammered out. The U.S. Senate should confirm his nomination as soon as possible,” said Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Gregg was NCBA’s chief economist for eight years, and he understands as well as anybody the importance of exports for our industry. As important trade negotiations take place over NAFTA and hopefully a bilateral agreement with Japan, we look forward to working with Gregg and his team to ensure that the voice of American beef producers is heard loud and clear.”
Doud is the current President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he has served since 2013. Prior to that, he was a senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran. While working for the Senate Agriculture Committee, Doud assisted in drafting the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, along with legislation regarding many other issues.
Doud also spent eight years as the Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He has also worked for the U.S. Wheat Associates and the World Perspectives firm. Doud was raised on a farm near Mankato, Kansas. He owns part of his family’s farm that is more 100 years old and operated by his parents.
Doud received a BS in Agriculture and a MS in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Kansas State University Agriculture Alumni Association. Doud and his family live on their horse farm in Lothian, Maryland.