Sources: Commodity Markets Council president to be named USTR chief agriculture negotiator

Those sources said Doud is still being vetted by the Presidential Personnel Office and that it’s unclear when his nomination would be announced.

Before joining the Commodity Markets Council, Doud was a senior professional staff member for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). He served in a similar role on the Senate Agriculture Committee under chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), his bio states.

According to his bio, Doud “was part of the team that crafted the 2012 Senate Farm Bill and his portfolio of issues included livestock, international trade, food aid and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.”

Doud’s former positions include chief economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; chair of the USDA/USTR Animal/Animal Products Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee; and member of the CFTC’s agricultural advisory committee.

In his current position, Doud works with regulators and lawmakers “to ensure that agriculture and energy futures, options and swaps markets will remain globally competitive risk management tools for hedgers and end-users.”

The Commodity Markets Council describes itself as the leading trade association for commodity futures exchanges and their industry counterparts in addressing global market and risk management issues.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week pledged that agriculture “will be front and center” in every trade deal the U.S. negotiates, including the North American Free Trade Agreement the administration plans to “modernize.” For NAFTA talks with Mexico and Canada, Lighthizer said, the objective “has got to be ‘do no harm.’”

Doud’s nomination would be vetted by the Senate Finance Committee. — Jenny Leonard (

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