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.

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade

The APAC provides advice on 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.


Applying for Membership

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for more information.



International Contacts

News and Features

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai today announced the appointment of 130 new private-sector representatives to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees that represent the diversity of U.S. agriculture.
USDA and USTR are accepting applications for new members to serve on agricultural trade advisory committees. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2023.
Washington, D.C., January 14, 2021 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the appointment of 67 members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The Agricultural...

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