Former USDA Undersecretary of Trade Ted McKinney says international trade for U.S. agriculture is alive and well. The pandemic disrupted export activity. McKinney said trade is influenced by what he calls “international shenanigans.” An example is the empty containers leaving U.S. ports. “It’s almost a crime against humanity,” said McKinney. McKinney was the first undersecretary that focused exclusively on trade. The Biden Administration has not yet filled that position. “They’ve got to get going because it is a role that is critically important. If you’re not present (in international markets), you’re forgotten.” McKinney currently serves as the CEO for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
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