Trade Advisory Committees

The  advisory committee system was created by the U.S. Congress in 1974  to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public- and private-sector interests. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs) advise the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative about a wide range of agricultural trade issues.

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade

The APAC provides advice on the administration of U.S. trade policy, including implementation and enforcement of existing U.S. trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements.

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs)

The ATACs offer technical advice and information about specific agricultural commodities and products.

News and Features

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced appointments to the newly established Seasonal and Perishable Agricultural Products Advisory Committee.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative are accepting applications for new members to serve on agricultural trade advisory committees.
Secretary Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai today announced the appointment of 130 new private-sector representatives to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees that represent the diversity of U.S. agriculture.