In agriculture trade-related news, President Obama has named Darci L. Vetter as nominee for Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

A Tuesday White House release says Vetter is currently “Deputy Under Secretary in the Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the USDA, a position she has held since 2010.  From 2007 to 2010, she was an International Trade Advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.  Prior to working in the Senate, Ms. Vetter held numerous roles at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, including Director for Agricultural Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and Director for Sustainable Development from 2001 to 2005.  Prior to that, she was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of State from 2000 to 2001.  Ms. Vetter received a B.A. from Drake University and an M.P.A. and Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.”