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American Soybean Association (ASA) reports:

The American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates Ray Starling, recently named a special assistant to President Donald Trump for agriculture, trade and food assistance. In his new role, Starling will hold a seat on the National Economic Council, where he will advise President Trump on agriculture and trade issues. Previously, Starling served as chief of staff to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), as well as an advisor to Tillis on farm issues.

"To have an advocate for agriculture like Ray Starling in this position is very positive for soybean farmers," said ASA Director Jimmy Thomas, a producer from Timberlake, N.C. "In his time with Sen. Tillis, and prior to it with the North Carolina legislature and the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Ray has proven himself to be someone who understands the challenges farmers face and what role government can play in helping us to succeed. In his role, he will also be able to draw the direct connection between global agricultural trade and a successful farm economy."

North Carolina Soybean Producers Association President John Fleming, a farmer from Tarboro, N.C., added, "Ray Starling has spent the majority of his career in agricultural policy. He has a deep understanding of the needs of rural America, having grown up on his family's farm in eastern North Carolina. Ray has demonstrated his commitment to soy growers and we congratulate President Trump on such a strategic hire."

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