A coalition of 33 food and agriculture associations signed a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee leadership to expedite confirmation of the Honorable Kenneth Salazar to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

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Food & Agriculture Associations Letter to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Support of the Confirmation of Kenneth Salazar as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

July 20, 2021

Senator Robert Menendez
Chair
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Jim Risch
Ranking Member
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chair Menendez and Ranking Member Risch:

The food and agriculture trade associations listed below respectfully recommend prompt confirmation of the Honorable Kenneth Salazar to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.  We regard our nation’s relationship with Mexico to be of first order importance and submit that Senator Salazar is a proven statesman with keen insights into this long, rich and complex bilateral relationship.

Our associations represent much of the food and agriculture sector that is responsible for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting more than 20 million jobs – constituting more than 13 percent of total U.S. employment.  As a net producing nation of food and agriculture products, foreign markets are critical to the economic vitality of the food and agriculture sector.   

Mexico is one of America’s most important food and agriculture trade partners.  NAFTA has yielded strong benefits to both countries and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) promises to build upon those gains.  However, issues regarding labor, migration, and trade related policies face significant challenges. 

We support President Biden’s nomination of Senator Salazar to fill this critical ambassadorial role in strengthening one of America’s most important bilateral relationships. 

Thank you for your consideration of our views.

Respectfully,

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

Animal Health Institute

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Corn Refiners Association

CropLife America

Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Empire State Potato Growers

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

International Dairy Foods Association

Leather and Hide Council of America

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Corn Growers Association

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Turkey Federation

North American Meat Institute

North American Renderers Association

Northwest Horticultural Council

Pet Food Institute

Sweetener Users Association

The Hardwood Federation

U.S. Dairy Export Council

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

USA Rice

Washington State Potato Commission