The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) commends the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today for sending the nomination of Alexis Taylor as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary of trade and foreign agricultural affairs to the full Senate body.

Following the committee’s vote, AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman issued the following statement:

“American agriculture, and especially the U.S. feed industry, has patiently waited for these incredibly important positions to be filled and we are thrilled to see the advancement of Ms. Taylor’s nomination to the full Senate.

"We now call upon the Senate to swiftly confirm both Taylor and Doug McKalip for chief agricultural negotiator at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

"While we have been waiting, our competitors have continued to enhance their trade and competitiveness by negotiating and completing new trade agreements.”