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Schwab Praises Chief Agriculture Negotiator Crowder's Service, Announces Appointment of Special Doha Agricultural Envoy

May 11, 2007



– U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab today announced the departure on May
31 of Chief Agriculture Negotiator Richard Crowder and announced the appointment
of Joseph W. Glauber, a distinguished economist and expert in the field of
international agricultural trade, to the position of Special Doha Agricultural
Envoy.  Dr. Glauber will step into Ambassador Crowder’s role as lead
agriculture negotiator for the Doha Round.  Crowder has agreed to serve
USTR as a consultant (senior advisor).

“I regret Dick Crowder’s departure.  Though he is an
integral member of the USTR family, I understand his desire for relief from the
countless hours traveling around the world and his wish to spend more time with
his real family at his beloved farm in southern Virginia.  His exceptional knowledge,
skill and dedication will be missed,” said Ambassador Schwab.  “At the same
time, I am delighted Joe Glauber has agreed to step up to the important role of
leading U.S. agricultural negotiations in the
World Trade Organization’s Doha Development Round.  As Deputy Chief
Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Glauber has been a valuable
member of the U.S. government’s team throughout
these negotiations and will make a great contribution in this larger role. 
Joe brings with him a sophisticated understanding of the complex issues at the
heart of the Doha Round, and a deep knowledge of the U.S.
agriculture community.”

Ambassador Crowder stated: “I am leaving USTR knowing that
we have accomplished a lot.  From the bilateral WTO accession agreement
with Russia to free trade
agreements with Korea,
Colombia, Peru and Panama, the Bush Administration has built an
outstanding record in trade on behalf of U.S.
agriculture.  The benefits of these agreements when enacted will be huge
and long lasting.  The opportunity for additional success is possible with
a strong Doha Round agreement, and I know Joe Glauber, Ambassador Schwab and
President Bush will continue to do everything possible to open up markets for
American farmers and ranchers through this Round.”

Glauber has served as Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture since 1992.  In addition to his work in the
negotiations, he served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House
agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations.  He
is the author of numerous studies on crop insurance, disaster policy and
U.S. farm policy.  Prior to his
current position, he was senior staff economist for agriculture, natural
resources and trade at the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1991 to
1992 and from 1984 to 1991, served as economist at the Economic Research
Service, USDA. 

Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from
the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from
the University of

Ambassador Crowder’s service at USTR was the culmination
of more than 30 years experience in the food, agriculture, and international
trade sectors.  Before joining USTR, he was president and CEO of the
American Seed Trade Association, served in high-level executive positions at
DEKALB Genetics Corporation, Armour Swift-Eckrich, and the Pillsbury Company.
 He also served as Under Secretary of International Affairs & Commodity
Programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1989-1992, where he played
leadership roles in negotiating on agricultural issues in the Uruguay Round of
the GATT and in managing the 1990 Farm Bill.

Ambassador Crowder, who grew up on a farm in Virginia, earned a B.S. and M.S. from Virginia Tech and a
Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.