Rodgers Appointed to Advisory Board
August 26, 2005
August 26, 2005 -- On Monday, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the appointments of private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade (ATACs).
"Expanding market access for America's farmers and ranchers is fundamental to the future economic viability of our agriculture," said Johanns. "The expertise and unique knowledge provided by our committee members are instrumental in developing effective negotiating objectives, particularly as trade barriers have become far more complex. I look forward to the technical, practical, and political advice that helps strengthen trade formulation these committee members will offer."
Paul Rodgers, deputy director of policy for the American Sheep Industry Association, was appointed to the ATAC for Trade in Animal and Animal Products. His appointment is effective immediately and continues through April 20, 2007.
This committee plays a significant role in shaping U.S. agricultural trade policy. The U.S. agricultural trade agenda is aggressive and rigorous, and negotiations currently are underway for the Doha Development Agenda under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, as well as for a number of regional and bilateral free trade agreements.
"As an ATAC member, your advice is a critical and integral part of the trade policy process," continued Johanns.
"I look forward to the opportunity to participate as a committee member on the ATAC," commented Rodgers. "It is a privilege to represent ASI with this opportunity to work directly with the department of agriculture on trade issues of the U.S. sheep industry."
Congress established the advisory committees in 1974 to ensure a private-sector voice in establishing U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives to reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33