Quarles to serve as advisor on Trade in Fruits and Vegetables Committee
On Thursday, January 14, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of 67 members, including NPC CEO Kam Quarles, to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees.
The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to USDA and USTR on trade policy matters including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements. Members of the six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees provide technical advice and guidance from the perspective of their specific product sectors. Quarles will serve as an advisor on the Trade in Fruits and Vegetables Committee.
“I’m honored to be appointed to this committee and to join Jared Balcom (NPC representative on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee) in representing the national potato industry on trade matters,” said Kam Quarles. “With over 20 percent of our production destined for foreign markets, it is essential that we remain fully engaged in these trade issues on behalf of these U.S. growers.”
This group of appointed advisors will serve until 2025. Applications are encouraged at any time and will be considered for future appointments. Application information and a complete list of committee members are available at fas.usda.gov/atacs.