The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously confirmed native Nebraskan Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Vetter's nomination now moves to the full Senate for approval.
Vetter is currently Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the USDA. She has also previously held numerous roles with the USTR office, including Director for Agricultural Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and Director for Sustainable Development from 2001 to 2005.
Following the committee's confirmation, American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser underscored the necessity of a strong voice advocating for agricultural trade.
"The job for which Ms. Vetter was confirmed today is to ensure that the success of the partnerships between American agriculture and our foreign customers continues to grow and strengthen," Gaesser said.
Vetter's nomination comes as ag interests keep a watchful eye on Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.
"Ms. Vetter's knowledge and experience, not only of international trade but also the specific needs of our industry, are extremely powerful assets," Gaesser continued.
Islam Siddiqui most recently held the Chief Agricultural Negotiator position. He resigned in December, 2013.