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Keynote Speaker & Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Darci Vetter is a strategic consultant working on international trade, food and agriculture issues. She currently serves as a Diplomat in Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she is working to launch the Yeutter Institute in International Trade and Finance.  Ms. Vetter served as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2014 until January of this year, a Senate-confirmed Presidential Appointment with the rank of Ambassador.  In this role, she was responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including the Trans Pacific Partnership agricultural package, and significant bilateral negotiations with Japan, China, Brazil and other countries.

Before returning to USTR, Ambassador Vetter served as Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw the Foreign Agricultural Service. She led the Department’s international trade negotiating team, directed USDA’s export assistance programs, and coordinated USDA's role in international food aid and trade capacity building.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Vetter served as an International Trade Advisor on the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she advised Committee members on trade issues relating to agriculture, the environment and labor, including the 2008 Farm Bill and the Committee’s consideration of Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.  She began her career as a civil servant at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she worked on agricultural and environmental issues, including the WTO Doha Round, NAFTA implementation, and the environmental provisions of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement. 

Ambassador Vetter received her Master of Public Affairs degree and a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines. She grew up in Nebraska on a family farm, and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children.









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