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New Members Sought for Agricultural Policy and Trade Committees

Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is inviting through April 30 applications for membership on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade for a four-year term. The ATACs cover animals and animal products; fruits and vegetables; grains, feed, oilseeds and planting seeds; processed foods; sweeteners and sweetener products; and tobacco, cotton and peanuts.

The APAC has the following responsibilities: advise, consult with and make recommendations to USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative concerning U.S. trade policy and the matters arising in the administration of such policy; provide information and advice regarding negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before the U.S. enters into trade agreements, the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and matters arising in connection with the administration of U.S. trade policy; and furnish such other advisory opinions and reports as USDA and USTR deem necessary.

The ATACs are responsible for the following: advising, consulting with and making recommendations to USDA and USTR on matters of mutual concern to the U.S. and its consumers, producers, processors and traders of commodities in connection with the trade policy activities undertaken by the U.S.; providing advice and information regarding trade issues that affect both domestic and foreign production and trade concerning commodities; and furnishing advisory opinions and reports regarding trade policy as requested by USDA and USTR.

Committee members should have expertise and knowledge of agricultural trade as it relates to policy and commodity-specific issues and will normally come from an entity with an interest in agriculture. Each member must be a U.S. citizen and represent a U.S. entity with an interest in agricultural trade and must not be registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. If a nominee is to represent an entity or corporation with ten percent or greater non-U.S. ownership, the nominee must state the extent to which the organization or interest to be represented is owned by non-U.S. citizens, organizations or interests and demonstrate at the time of nomination that this ownership interest does not constitute control and will not adversely affect his or her ability to serve as a committee member.

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