Ambassador Allen Johnson, chief ag negotiator for the United States, will attend World Pork Expo to discuss agricultural trade issues vital to the U.S. pork industry. His presentation and a roundtable discussion will take place on Friday, June 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Varied Industries Building, Room E on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 

Johnson plays a crucial leadership role for America’s pork producers, working to expand their access to overseas markets, and addressing related agricultural issues, point out National Pork Producers Council officials. He is key in resolving agricultural trade disputes and enforcing trade agreements.

On June 5, Johnson will spend a day participating in the chores performed on two modern, 1,700-sow, farrow-to-wean facilities. He also will meet with other nearby pork producers to discuss their operations.

Johnson comes to his current position in the Office of the United States Trade Representative following several years at the National Oilseed Processors Association. There, he was involved with the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. Johnson also served as Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley’s agricultural, environmental and trade legislative assistant.  He grew up on a diverse Iowa farm where his family raised, soybean, corn, cattle, hogs and chickens.

During the roundtable, Johnson will provide updates on World Trade Organization negotiations, agricultural trade conflicts with Mexico, free-trade agreements and other trade-related issues. The event is co-sponsored by NPPC and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

NPPC’s Web site is at http://www.nppc.org. USTR’s Web site is at: http://www.ustr.gov.