US - Yesterday, White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn made several new senior staff appointments, among which Ray Starling was appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance.
"We have assembled a best-in-class team of policy advisors to drive President Trump’s bold plan for job creation and economic growth," Mr Cohn said. "With their diverse backgrounds and deep knowledge of key policy issues, they will make significant contributions to the Nation."
Mr Starling was previously Chief of Staff for US Senator Thom Tillis. He also served as Senator Tillis’ Chief Counsel and then-Speaker Tillis’ General Counsel and Senior Agriculture Advisor in the North Carolina General Assembly.
He has been the General Counsel for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has private practice experience from several years at Hunton & Williams and has taught numerous agricultural and food law courses.
After growing up on a Century Family Farm in southeast North Carolina, Mr Starling received a BS in Agricultural Education from NC State University and a JD from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) senior vice-president of government affairs, today a statement in response to Ray Starling’s appointment to President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Mr Woodall said: "This is great news not just for America’s cattle producers, but for America’s entire economy. In short, Ray Starling gets it.
"He has a sharp understanding of how the economy works, and especially how the agricultural sector operates and benefits the citizens of every state in the nation, while also providing the world’s safest and most prosperous food supply.
"This is an A+ appointment, and we look forward to working with Ray and the rest of the president’s team on behalf of the American beef industry."
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