Obama Nominates New Chief Ag Trade Negotiator

Darci Vetter pegged to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador in the USTR

Published on: Dec 19, 2013

President Obama has selected USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Darci Vetter to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Vetter replaces Islam Siddiqui.

Vetter has held the Under Secretary position since 2010. Prior to serving with the USDA, she was an International Trade Advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

Vetter has also previously held numerous roles with the USTR office, including Director for Agricultural Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and Director for Sustainable Development from 2001 to 2005.

Obama, who simultaneously nominated Eric Rosenbach to a Department of Defense post, made the announcement late Tuesday, noting, "I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Darci Vetter pegged to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador in the USTR
Darci Vetter pegged to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of Ambassador in the USTR

According to the USDA, Vetter previously negotiated the environmental provisions of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement and negotiated trade provisions in U.N. environmental treaties, including the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

She grew up in Nebraska on a family farm.