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Veneman, Zoellick select private sector appointees to trade advisory committees

(Friday, June 13, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- via the Agribusiness Examiner: USDA Secretary Ann Veneman and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick recently announced the private sector appointees to seven agricultural trade advisory committees. The members appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade will serve two-year appointments that coincide with the continuation of the Bush Administration's aggressive push to openforeign markets to U.S. agricultural products.

Roster of top trade policy advisers:

Industry members named to USDA's and USTR's APAC include: Charles D. Ahlem, Charles Ahlem Ranch; Gaylon B. Booker, National Cotton Council; James P. "Patrick" Boyle, American Meat Institute; Carl W. Brothers, Riceland Foods Inc.; Joyce Cacho, Rabobank International; James P. Camerlo, Dairy Farmers of America; Karen B. Caplan, United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assn.; Stephen L. Censky, American Soybean Assn.; Richard T. Crowder, American Seed Trade Assn.; Paul A. Drazek, DTB Associates, LLP; Michael D. Dykes, Monsanto Co.; Audrae Erickson, Corn Refiners Assn.; Carol Tucker Foreman, Consumer Federation of America; Richard L. Gady, ConAgra Foods Inc.; Nicholas D. Giordano, National Pork Producers Council; David R. Graves, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Thomas A. Hammer, National Oilseed Processors Assn.; Lucian J. "Jack" Hunt, III King Ranch Inc.; Kenneth R. Johannes, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.; John R. Keeling, National Potato Council; Robert P. Koch, Wine Institute; Luther A. Markwart, American Sugarbeet Growers Assn.; Gary C. Martin, North American Export Grain Assn.; Chester M. "Manly," Molpus Grocery Manufacturers of America; Thomas A. Nassif, Western Growers; Charles J. "Joe" O'Mara, O'Mara & Associates; Karen Ross, California Association of Winegrape Growers; Christian E. Schlect, Northwest Horticultural Council; Roy R. "Bob" Stallman Jr., American Farm Bureau Federation; Michael J. Stuart, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Assn.; James H. Sumner, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council; Constance E. Tipton, International Dairy Foods Assn.; Alan T. Tracy, U.S. Wheat Associates Inc.; Elizabeth C. Ward, American Forest & Paper Assn., and Rodger L. Wasson, California Strawberry Commission.