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Taylor, an Iowa native, has been nominated to serve as the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Photo: USDA FFAS)

Soybean Farmers Back Nomination of Taylor to USDA Trade Role

May 18, 2022

Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) commends President Joe Biden’s nomination of Alexis Taylor to serve as the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Statement on behalf of Robb Ewoldt, ISA president and soybean farmer from Davenport:

“Iowa’s 40,000 soybean farmers understand the value of expanding and maintaining both foreign and domestic markets for soy. Strengthening markets for homegrown soybeans not only ensures the success of Iowa growers through increased demand, but also improves the quality of life for a growing global population who rely on high-quality agricultural products.

“President Biden’s nomination of Alexis Taylor as the USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs bodes well for the soybean industry. Improving soybean farmers’ ability to access and compete on the international marketplace, promote American exports and build global food security will be key elements of this position. Responsibilities of this magnitude require an individual with a strong background in agriculture and deep understanding of trade issues.

“Years of public service in both state and federal agriculture policy roles highlight Taylor’s leadership and ongoing commitment to connecting American agriculture around the world.

“ISA congratulates Director Taylor on her nomination and urges the Senate to move swiftly to fill this important post for U.S. agriculture.”

Taylor, an Iowa native, previously served as the USDA deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service under the Obama Administration. She currently serves as director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.


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The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.