The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking new members for its trade advisory committees.

Members of these committees provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative based on their experience in international trade. The committees are consulted regularly regarding ongoing negotiations, implementation of existing agreements and other issues related to international trade. By serving on one of these committees, members have the opportunity to contribute their expertise and knowledge to government deliberations that influence U.S. trade policies. 

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USDA says its committed to diversity and, therefore, encourages nominations of qualified women, minorities and people with disabilities, in order to ensure that recommendations of the committees take into account the needs of the diverse groups USDA serves.

Nominations are accepted at any time and appointments will be made periodically on a staggered basis, generally for a period of four years. Please visit http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/apac-atacs/advisorycommittees.asp for more information on membership criteria and nomination procedures. Questions may be directed to Steffon Brown or Bob Spitzer at 202.720.6219, or email Steffon.Brown@fas.usda.gov or Bob.Spitzer@fas.usda.gov.