WASHINGTON - United States Trade Representative Rob Portman today applauded
President Bush's nomination Richard Crowder as
Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Mr. Crowder is currently the President and Chief
Executive Officer for the American Seed Trade Association. From 1989 to 1992 he
served as Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at
the US Department of Agriculture.
"Dick Crowder has a long, impressive background dealing with agriculture
issues," said Portman. "He brings to the negotiating table unique insight to the
needs of farmers and ranchers coupled with solid experience in the government.
He comes at a crucial time in the global trade talks, commonly known as the Doha
Development Agenda, where negotiations on agriculture reform are key to opening