USDA and USTR Name New Members to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today announced the appointment of sixteen additional members to six agricultural trade advisory committees.

“USDA and USTR rely on the advice and counsel these committees provide on trade issues,” said Vilsack. “With U.S. exports of food and agricultural products expected to reach the second highest level ever this fiscal year, trade contributes substantially to a healthy agricultural economy.  These new members broaden the spectrum of U.S. agricultural experts that we can consult with on the committees as we formulate our trade strategy.  This helps ensure that we provide the best support we can to our farmers, ranchers and related agribusinesses so they can continue their strong exports.”

“The addition of these new members will bring important new perspectives to the committees,” said Ambassador Kirk.  “The input and advice received from the committee members is critically important as we work to carry out President Obama’s ambitious trade agenda.”

Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and USTR jointly manage the committees.

These committees provide advice and information to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on negotiating objectives and positions, and other matters related to the development and administration of U.S. agricultural trade policy.  The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the agricultural community and provides advice on general trade policy matters.  The Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees offer technical advice and information on specific product sectors.

These are the first supplemental appointments made since the committees were reappointed in September 2011.  Additional appointments will be made from time to time.  Applications are encouraged at any time and will be reviewed periodically.  Information about applying is available at http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/apac-atacs/advisorycommittees.asp.  Questions may be directed to Steffon Brown at 202-720-6219 or via e-mail to Steffon.Brown@fas.usda.gov.

Newly appointed members by committee are:

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade

NAME
COMPANY
Sean J. Darragh
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Dr. Won W. Koo
North Dakota State University
Mark D. Lauritsen
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
Robert J. Underbrink
King Ranch, Inc.

 

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products

NAME
COMPANY
Arne M. Anderson
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
Jalel F. Aossey
Midamar Corporation
William Westman
American Meat Institute
Douglas D. Wolf
Wolf L&G Farms, LLC

 

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds

NAME
COMPANY
Ellen D. Joslin
W.R. Joslin and Son, Inc.
Peter J. Klaiber
USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council

 

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Processed Foods

NAME
COMPANY
John T. Allan, III
American Frozen Food Institute
Andrew Anderson
Western United States Agricultural Trade Association
Richard Sadler
Dundee Fruit Company

 

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Sweeteners and Sweetener Products

NAME
COMPANY
Donald Phillips
American Sugar Alliance

 

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts

NAME
COMPANY
Fred Baine
Golden Peanut Company
James C. Pate
Rowland Farms, Inc.

Contact
Andrea Mead
amead@ustr.eop.gov

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