Trade Advisory Committees

The advisory committee system was created by the U.S. Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public- and private-sector interests. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs) advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative about a wide range of agricultural trade issues.

Federal Register Notice: Nominations for Trade Advisory Committees

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC)

The APAC provides advice on the the administration of U.S. trade policy, including implementation and enforcement of existing U.S. trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements.

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs)

The ATACs offer technical advice and information about specific agricultural commodities and products.