September 16, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced appointments to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs), including one on animals and animal products.
Paul Rodgers, deputy director of policy for the American Sheep Industry Association, has been re-appointed to the Animal and Animal Products APAC Committee.
Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure a private-sector voice in establishing U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives to reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests.
The committees represent a cross-section of the food and agriculture industry and must have knowledge of agriculture and trade matters.