1/27/21 • Trade

Food and Agriculture Industry Calls for the Confirmation of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative

January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, a coalition of 115 U.S. food and agriculture associations called for the swift confirmation of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative. In a letter sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the groups cite Ms. Tai’s qualifications and demonstrated ability to build bipartisan support for trade policies, as well as her experience in opening foreign markets and reducing barriers for U.S. food and agriculture workers and exporters. They submit that her expertise securing greater market access for U.S. products and ensuring enforcement of clear and fair rules with trade partners will ensure the opportunity for U.S. food and agriculture to fairly compete in the global economy.  

Together, the group of associations represent the vast majority of the food and agriculture sector that is responsible for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting over 23 million jobs – constituting nearly 15 percent of total U.S. employment.

View the full letter here.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.