A coalition of 170 food and agriculture stakeholders signed a letter in support of the nomination of Ms. Elaine Trevino as the as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The letter to Senate Finance leadership requests the expeditious confirmation of Ms. Trevino and outlines her robust qualifications and experience to succeed in the position (a copy of the letter is included below).

On behalf of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), and Corn Refiners Association (CRA), we thank the U.S. food and agriculture associations at all levels (national, regional, state, etc.) and companies that signed on to the letter. 

October 15, 2021

The Honorable Ron Wyden, Chairman
The Honorable Mike Crapo, Ranking Member
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Crapo:

We, the undersigned food and agriculture organizations and companies, are pleased to support the nomination of Elaine Trevino to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Collectively we represent the vast majority of the food and agriculture sector, accounting for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity and directly supporting over 20 million jobs – constituting more than 13 percent of total U.S. employment.

Ms. Trevino is deeply familiar with the food and agriculture industry through her work in several critical roles. In addition to her current position leading the Almond Alliance of California, she served as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for California and is a member of USDA’s Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee. She understands the critical need to open and maintain foreign market access and reduce barriers for U.S. food and agriculture workers and exporters for the benefit of consumers in the U.S. and across the globe.

We especially value Ms. Trevino’s demonstrated advocacy, regulatory, and international trade experience for California, a leading agriculture producing state. She is eminently qualified to be a successful Chief Agriculture Negotiator in addressing the most pressing food and agriculture trade policy issues. Such issues include the critical importance of opening up new markets, the need to address growing trade challenges with China, the continual erection of new barriers to trade by the European Union, and the management of an expanding set of trade issues with Mexico, the enforcement of existing trade agreements and the imperative of tackling non-tariff barriers to trade around the world. We believe that Ms. Trevino has the experience and expertise to secure greater market access for U.S. products and ensure enforcement of clear and fair rules with our trade partners so U.S. food and agriculture workers and our industry sectors may fairly compete in the global economy.

We strongly urge the Senate Finance Committee to advance Elaine Trevino’s nomination as soon as possible. Please feel free to call upon any of the undersigned entities to discuss our rationale for supporting the nomination of Elaine Trevino.


Ag Association Management Services, Inc.

Ag Processing Inc

Agricultural Council of California


AgTrade Strategies LLC

American Agri-Women

American Bakers Association

American Dairy Products Institute

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Peanut Council

American Pistachio Growers

American Seed Trade Association

American Sesame Growers Association

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

Animal Health Institute

Association of California Egg Farmers

Bayer US

Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Blue Diamond Growers

California Ag Irrigation Association

California Alfalfa & Forage Association

California Apple Commission

California Association of Wheat Growers

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Bean Shippers Association

California Blueberry Commission

California Canning Peach Association

California Cherry Export Association

California Cherry Growers and Industry Association

California Citrus Mutual

California Cotton Alliance

California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association

California Dairies, Inc.

California Date Commission

California Farm Bureau

California Fig Advisory Board

California Fresh Fruit Association

California Grain & Feed Association

California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California Pork Producers Association

California Poultry Federation

California Prune Board

California Rice Commission

California Seed Association

California State Beekeepers Association

California State Floral Association

California Strawberry Commission

California Sweetpotato Council

California Table Grape Commission

California Tomato Growers Association

California Walnut Commission

California Warehouse Association

California Wild Rice Advisory Board

Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports


Colorado Dairy Farmers

Commercial Creamery Co.

Corn Refiners Association

CropLife America

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.


Diamond Foods, LLC

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States


Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative

Fair Oaks Farms

Farm Credit Council

Farmers for Free Trade

Food Export – Midwest

Food Export – Northeast

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Georgia Milk Producers, Inc.

Grassland Dairy Product Inc.

Grower Shipper Association of Central California


Haley and Associates

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.

Holly Tree Farm

Idaho Dairymen’s Association, Inc.

Idaho Potato Commission

Imperial Valley Asparagus Growers Association

Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association

International Dairy Foods Association

Iowa State Dairy Association

James Farrell & Co.

KCoe Isom, LLP

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Leather and Hide Council of America

Leprino Foods Company

Mead Johnson Nutrition

Meat Import Council of America

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Milk Producers Council

Milk Specialties Global

Minnesota Milk Producers Association

National All-Jersey Inc.

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Farmers Union

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Pecan Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Turkey Federation

Nebraska State Dairy Association

Nisei Farmers League – President

North American Blueberry Council

North American Export Grain

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North American Renderers Association

North Dakota Corn Growers

North Dakota Grain Growers Association

Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives

Northwest Dairy Association/Darigold

Northwest Horticultural Council


Olive Growers Council of California

Olive Oil Commission of California

Organic Trade Association

Pacific Coast Renderers Association

Pacific Egg & Poultry Association

Pacific Seed Association

Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association

Pet Food Institute

Plant California Alliance

Sartori Company

Select Milk Producers

South East Dairy Farmers Association

Southern United States Trade Association

Stenderup Ag Partners

Sunkist Growers

Sunmaid Growers of California

Sunsweet Growers Inc.

Sweetener Users Association


Texas Grain and Feed Association

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Durum Growers Association

U.S. Peanut Federation

U.S. Wheat Associates

United Dairymen of Arizona

United Egg Producers

United Fresh Produce Association

United States Meat Export Federation

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.

US Dry Bean Council

US Livestock Genetics Export, Inc.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

USA Rice

Washington State Dairy Federation

Western Agricultural Processors Association

Western Growers

Western Plant Health Association

Western United States Agricultural Trade Association

William Westman & Associates LLC

Wine Institute

World Perspectives, Inc.