USTR and USDA Seek New Trade Advisory Committee Members

January 03, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representatives and the United States Department of Agriculture are accepting applications for new members to serve on agricultural trade advisory committees.
Members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee provide advice to the administration on the implementation and enforcement of existing U.S. trade agreements, negotiation of new agreements, and other trade policy matters.
Members of the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs) provide technical advice and recommendations on international trade issues that affect specific agricultural commodity sectors. The ATACs focus on trade in:

  • Animals and animal products 
  • Fruits and vegetables 
  • Grains, feed, oilseeds, and planting seeds
  • Processed foods
  • Sweeteners and sweetener products
  • Tobacco, cotton, peanuts and hemp

Applicants must have expertise in U.S. agriculture and experience in international trade to be considered for committee membership. Committee members serve four-year terms and represent a cross-section of U.S. food and agricultural stakeholders. Committee members must be U.S. citizens, qualify for a security clearance, and be willing to serve without compensation for time, travel, or expenses. The committees hold frequent video or teleconference calls and generally meet in Washington, D.C. twice a year.

Application instructions are available at Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2024. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for future appointments, as appropriate.  

In support of the Administration’s priority to improve equity and representation across the Federal Government, USTR and USDA intend for the advisory committees to be broadly representative of agricultural sectors and groups with expertise and experience in agricultural trade and policy issues. Applications are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or gender identity. For more information, visit or e-mail