The Senate has confirmed Michael Froman as the new U.S. Trade Representative replacing Ron Kirk. The National Pork Producers Council is pleased with the appointment. NPPC Vice President and Trade Counsel Nick Giordano says Froman is a good choice for the position and will be helpful for agriculture and the pork industry.
Giordano says while Froman doesn’t have an agricultural background, neither have most of the past Trade Representatives. He thinks Froman will handle the Trans Atlantic Trade Initiative Partnership talks well and will need to hit the ground running as that will be a difficult deal to negotiate.
He says Froman will need to hold the Europeans feet to the fire on coming to the table on working out their non tariff trade barriers and phytosanitary issues