U.S. Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and Ambassador Gregg Doud, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator, visited Brasilia on February 6-7 to meet with Brazilian counterparts and underscore the importance of the bilateral agricultural trade relationship. Under Secretary McKinney and Ambassador Doud met with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA), and counterparts at the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Casa Civil, Ministry of Mines and Energy, and also met with William Popp, Chargé d’Affaires, and other personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia.
During their two days of meetings, Under Secretary McKinney and Ambassador Doud had the opportunity to emphasize the importance of joint cooperation on science-based regulations and how the agricultural export powerhouses can work together to open markets. In the meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Under Secretary McKinney, Ambassador Doud also highlighted how USDA and MAPA’s robust research relationship, with hundreds of research exchanges per year, is a great example on how the world’s two biggest agricultural exporters can work together to increase trade and provide increased opportunities toward shared prosperity for citizens of our two countries and in the region.