President Barack Obama announced this week that he will nominate Darci Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Vetter, who has been Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA since 2010, will be replacing Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, who announced he will be stepping down early next year.

If confirmed by Congress, Vetter will have a full slate of work in front of her in 2014 as USTR continues to negotiate several large free trade agreements including the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union, both of which hold immense importance for agricultural trade.