New USAEDC Chair Greg Tyler and outgoing Chair Jim Sutter
Arlington, VA (November 14, 2023) – The U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) announced today that its new Chair is Greg Tyler, the President and CEO of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.
Tyler was elected during the Board of Directors meeting at USAEDC’s Annual Workshop in Baltimore this afternoon. He previously served as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer and will serve as the organization’s Chair for the next two years. Other newly elected officers include Karen Horan of the National Confectioner’s Association, Vice Chair, and Jeff Correa of Pear Bureau Northwest, Secretary/Treasurer. Previous Chair Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, will rotate to the Immediate Past Chair position on the Executive Committee.
“We are fortunate to have strong leadership and sustained engagement from our members during this exciting time for our membership,” said USAEDC Executive Director Lorena Alfaro. “With the newly announced Regional Agricultural Promotion Program from USDA and Congress working toward a new Farm Bill, our members are focused on growing markets and trade opportunities for American farmers and the agricultural sector. Tyler’s vision, experience, and support will be crucial as we work together to achieve results for U.S. agriculture stakeholders.”
Tyler was appointed President and CEO of USAPEEC on July 1, 2022. Prior to that, he spent 25 years with USAPEEC, overseeing the organization’s global marketing programs and overseas offices. Tyler previously worked for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, D.C. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics with concentrations in marketing from the University of Georgia.
“I am truly honored to serve as the USAEDC Chair as it provides such a great opportunity to work with the more than 90 members that advance U.S. agricultural exports,” said Tyler. “Through our members’ programs, U.S. agricultural exports reached $196 billion in 2022. My hope is that with the invaluable partnership we have with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, we can continue to elevate the importance of U.S. food and agricultural products to the global community.”
USAEDC’s members are U.S. agricultural trade associations, farmer cooperatives, and state regional trade groups that represent the export promotion interests of growers, processors, and shippers of U.S. agricultural products. Members collaborate closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service to increase worldwide knowledge, preference, and demand for U.S. agricultural exports.