USDA is accepting nominations to re-establish the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade. In making the announcement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack explained that USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative rely heavily on the individuals who serve on these committees to provide their expert advice on U.S. trade policy and priorities. Vilsack said they will be an invaluable asset as we work to deliver economic and strategic trade benefits and opportunities to America's farmers and ranchers.
The private sector advisory system was established by Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The six ATACs focus on specific commodities, covering trade in: animals and animal products; fruits and vegetables; grains, feed, oilseeds and planting seeds; processed foods; sweeteners and sweetener products; and tobacco, cotton and peanuts.
For details on becoming a committee member, candidates can contact Steffon Brown in the Office of Negotiations and Agreements by e-mail Steffon.Brown@fas.usda.gov; telephone (202) 720-6219; or fax (202) 720-0340.