USRPA staff members Mollie Buckler and Grace Wang attended the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) Seminar in Washington last week, the organization's first in-person event since the pandemic began. The meeting included one-on-one consultations with ATOs from Morocco, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, and the Caribbean, focusing on key trade issues and market development activities that are currently underway for the promotion of U.S. rice.
The second day began with a general session, including remarks from Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley, whose presentation included a shoutout to USRPA as he discussed cooperator engagement. USRPA works closely with USDA/FAS offices both domestically and abroad, and maintains open communication to make sure farmers interests and priorities are appropriately addressed. The seminar concluded with breakout sessions that focused on the ever changing landscape of the global commodity trading.