Trade negotiator Johnson keynote speaker at World Pork Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C., - Ambassador Allen F. Johnson, chief agriculture negotiator for the United States, will be the keynote speaker Friday, June 6 at a forum on agricultural trade issues vital to the U.S. pork industry during the National Pork Producers Coun
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During the round table, Johnson will give attendees an update on World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, agricultural trade conflicts with Mexico, free trade agreements and other trade-related issues. The round table is sponsored by NPPC and the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Johnson will be speaking to a delegation of pork producers and the media.

Ambassador Johnson plays a crucial leadership role for America’s pork producers, working to expand their access to overseas markets and addressing related agricultural issues. He holds a key position in resolving agricultural trade disputes and enforcing trade agreements.

In addition to attending the World Pork Expo, Johnson will spend June 5 working on an Iowa hog farm, where he will participate in the normal chores on two modern, 1,700-sow, farrow-to-finish pig facilities. He will also meet with nearby pork producers to discuss their operations.

Johnson comes to his current position in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) following several years as president of the National Oilseed Processors Association. He was also CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. In addition, Johnson served as agricultural, environmental and trade legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). Johnson grew up in Iowa working on soybean, corn, cattle, hog and chicken farms. His family still lives in rural Iowa.

Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) - May 29th 2003

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