The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting nominations to re-establish the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC) and six different Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade (ATACs).

The USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative rely on these committees, originally established by Congress in 1974, to provide advice on U.S. trade policy and priorities. The APAC submits advice on agricultural trade policy objectives and positions with regards to trade agreements and other trade matters. The ATACs focus on specific commodities: animals and animal products; fruits and vegetables; grains, feeds, oilseeds and planting seeds; processed foods; sweeteners and sweeteners products; and tobacco, cotton and peanuts.


Member nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2010.