Office of the United States Trade Representative


USTR Portman Praises President's Nomination of Richard Crowder as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

WASHINGTON - United States Trade Representative Rob Portman today applauded President Bush's nomination Richard Crowder as Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Mr. Crowder is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Seed Trade Association. From 1989 to 1992 he served as Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at the US Department of Agriculture.

"Dick Crowder has a long, impressive background dealing with agriculture issues," said Portman. "He brings to the negotiating table unique insight to the needs of farmers and ranchers coupled with solid experience in the government. He comes at a crucial time in the global trade talks, commonly known as the Doha Development Agenda, where negotiations on agriculture reform are key to opening markets worldwide."


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