March 2, 2018 – -After months of waiting Gregg Doud has gained approval from the U.S. Senate to serve as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Doud was nominated to the post by President Trump on June 16, 2017, and a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee was Oct. 5. Following that meeting a hold was placed on Doud’s nomination by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said, “Great news that Gregg Doud has been confirmed by the Senate to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the office of the United States Trade Representative. Farmers, ranchers, foresters & producers need strong representation at the negotiating table and he understands what trade means to ag.”

Doud is a native of Kansas and grew up on a farm. Since 2013, he has served as president for the Commodity Markets Council. Prior to this he worked on Senator Roberts’ staff for two years on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He worked for NCBA for eight years as the chief economist, and also had stints with U.S. Wheat Associates and the agricultural commodity consulting firm World Perspectives.