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The Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are accepting through Jan. 31 applications for new members to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees. Applicants must have significant expertise in both agriculture and international trade matters, be U.S. citizens, and qualify for a security clearance.

Members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee advise USDA and USTR on operating existing U.S. trade agreements, negotiating new agreements, and other trade policy matters. Members of six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees provide technical advice and guidance on international trade issues that affect both domestic and foreign production in specific commodity sectors. The ATACs focus on 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.

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