WASHINGTON, June 16, 2017 - President Trump is nominating Gregg Doud, the president of the Commodity Markets Council and a farm policy veteran, to be the administration’s chief agricultural negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative. 

Doud was a senior aide to the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2011 to 2013 and assisted in drafting what would become the 2014 farm bill. The Kansas native previously served eight years as chief economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. 

The Commodity Markets Council, based in Washington, is a trade association for commodity futures exchanges and their industry counterparts.

He also has been an analyst for U.S. Wheat Associates, the export development arm of the wheat industry. He owns part of his family’s Kansas farm, which is more than 100 years old. 

The American Farm Bureau Federation said in a statement that Doud "is experienced in all levels of agricultural policy and economics. He knows the important role that trade plays in the success of America’s farmers and ranchers. His nomination as chief agricultural negotiator for USTR is particularly important given the expected review" of the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

Doud, who has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University, succeeds Darci Vetter, who held the USTR post under the Obama administration.

Doud and his family live on their horse farm in Lothian, Md.