WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced appointments to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC). USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley was tapped to join the APAC, a select group of trade experts that provides advice and information to the government on the administration of trade policy, including enforcement of existing trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements.
"This is great news for USA Rice to be back on the advisory committee, and I want to thank Dow for his willingness to serve," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.
Brantley, a rice producer from England, Arkansas, said, "I feel like my appointment to APAC will ensure that the U.S. rice industry is at the forefront on trade policy. Trade is a top priority and I am happy to provide advice or guidance that will benefit U.S. rice."
USA Rice COO Bob Cummings was also reappointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. The six different ATACs offer technical advice and information about specific commodities and products.
"The individuals we are appointing today represent one of the most important sectors to America's export economy and will provide critical advice as we negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and work to expand export opportunities for American agriculture," said Froman.
This group of committee members will serve until June 15, 2019.