The U.S. Senate confirmed former Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor Wednesday as the new Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Farm groups are applauding the move.
Native Hoosier and former Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney says, “Alexis brings experience, character and a deep understanding of how regulations across the globe matter for individuals in local communities.”
McKinney, now CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, also thanked the U.S. Senate for confirming Under Secretary Taylor and filling this valuable position.
“Alexis’ work as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs is needed now more than ever as increasing trade is an important element to alleviating supply chain challenges and curbing inflation. We know her efforts are sure to have a meaningful impact on consumers and families nationwide,” said McKinney.
American Soybean Association CEO Stephen Censky, who was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration, says, “Alexis has a depth of knowledge about agricultural trade and public policy, and her background, experience, and network will serve her well in this post. U.S. soy growers look forward to welcoming her back to USDA and working with her on issues facing soybean exports.”
Farm groups will now wait and see if Doug McKalip, nominee for Chief Ag Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, might also be confirmed during this lame duck session.