U.S. agricultural exports have played a starring role in President Obama’s National Export Initiative, says Ambassador Isi Siddiqui, the chief agriculture trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Our agricultural exports, he says, have grown by about 40 percent over the past two years, compared with about 35 percent for non-ag exports.

Ambassador Siddiqui discussed agricultural trade with journalists following a White House Business Council Agriculture Roundtable discussion that the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) hosted a at its Denver headquarters this week. Ambassador Siddiqui met with more than a dozen leaders from state and national agricultural organizations to discuss the National Export Initiative and other critical ag trade issues. Later in the day, he toured the Spruce Mountain Ranch cattle operation near Larkspur, Colo.