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The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council Back U.S. Ag Negotiators at WTO Ministerial; Gregg Doud and Krysta Harden Detail

The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council Back U.S. Ag Negotiators at WTO Ministerial; Gregg Doud and Krysta Harden Detail


ARLINGTON, VA
Thursday, February 29th, 2024

As United States negotiators advance an agriculture work plan and oppose trade distorting proposals at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial (MC13), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) are backing these efforts.

Gregg Doud, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Milk Producers Federation“We should not allow one country to dictate the outcome of the negotiations in agriculture for concessions on other unrelated issues,” said Gregg Doud, President and Chief Executive Officer of NMPF. “We are privileged to have strong negotiators in Abu Dhabi who are defending against attempts to introduce additional trade distorting elements in the WTO. NMPF supports a holistic work plan on agriculture that includes an equal commitment to increasing market access and limiting domestic support.”

As with prior ministerials, there is the concern that a small group of countries will attempt to extract concessions on one issue by withholding support on other broadly supported provisions, a press release noted.

As United States negotiators advance an agriculture work plan and oppose trade distorting proposals at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial (MC13), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) are backing these efforts

The release went on to explain that although most countries do not want the WTO to take a step backward, a select few members are leveraging unrelated issues to advance proposals that would expand agricultural trade distorting measures like public stockholding.

USDEC and NMPF strongly support the U.S. government’s leadership in standing firm against any attempts to weaken trade disciplines.

Krysta Harden, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Dairy Export Council“The WTO is an important organization that has served its members well. We need to protect its important function in governing a rules-based trading system while also pursuing needed reforms, particularly to improve the dispute settlement mechanism,” said Krysta Harden, President and CEO of USDEC. “USDEC commends the U.S. negotiating team for their strong stance to defend U.S. interests and we encourage them to stand firm against any tradeoffs between agriculture and other sectors. We are also encouraged that WTO negotiations are highlighting the important role that trade has in addressing sustainability concerns, particularly given the U.S. dairy industry’s leadership in growing sustainable production and feeding the world.”

The WTO provides a rules-based trading system that provides stability and predictability for U.S. dairy exporters. The system includes provisions that reduce trade barriers and a dispute settlement mechanism for holding member countries accountable to their obligations. This allows U.S. dairy products to compete globally on a level playing field.

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The National Milk Producers Federation, established in 1916 and based in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they...

The U.S. Dairy Export Council represents dairy farmers, processors, cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Our mission is to enhance U.S. competitiveness in global dairy markets.