USDA Seeks Nominations for Ag Trade Advisory Committees

November 4, 2016

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USDA Seeks Nominations for Ag Trade Advisory Committees
The USDA is seeking nominations for its agriculture trade advisory committees. Image courtesy of USDA NRCS Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) are considering nominations for new members to serve on its agricultural trade advisory committees, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Thursday.

“USDA and USTR rely on the agricultural trade advisory committees to provide significant insight into trade issues for the United States. Hearing the diverse views of our agricultural experts helps us formulate trade strategy and keep American exports growing,” said Secretary Vilsack in a statement. “Committee members serve an invaluable role to help enact trade agreements and trade policies that benefit America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural America.”

Nominations for the next round of appointments to the committees will be accepted until Nov. 18, 2016. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) provides advice to USDA and USTR on current and proposed trade agreements and policies. The other six committees accepting nominations, known as Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs), provide commodity-specific technical guidance on foreign and domestic trade concerns.

The commodities covered by the ATACs include animals and animal products; fruits and vegetables; grains, feed, oilseeds, and planting seeds; processed foods; sweeteners and sweetener products; and tobacco, cotton, and peanuts.

“American farmers and ranchers raise the best agricultural products in the world. Their livelihoods, families, and communities depend on fair, enforceable trade rules in order to export those high-quality products to markets around the globe,” said Froman. “We need our agricultural partners working hand-in-hand with us as we open new export markets for America’s producers. The guidance provided by these committees is crucial, and the continued partnership of America’s agricultural leaders remains imperative as we work to harness the benefits of trade for all U.S. farmers.”

Potential committee members must be U.S. citizens and qualify for a security clearance, and serve without compensation for time, expenses, or travel costs. Appointees serve four-year terms on the committees.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 18.

For more information, visit www.fas.usda.gov/ATACs

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