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Farm life and ag experience could help form trade policies

Posted by Green Fun Store on 11/8/2010 to Farm Lifestyle
Having experience in farm life may help concerned citizens assist the government regarding the trade of agricultural goods.

Those interested in helping the government may consider applying for a number of committees being re-established with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One, the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade, will provide overarching advice regarding trade policy decisions.

The other six committees will concentrate on specific product areas, including grains, animals and processed foods. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the all of those who serve on the committees will prove to be a great resource when developing trade decisions.

"USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative rely heavily on the individuals who serve on these committees to provide their expert advice on U.S. trade policy and priorities," Vilsack said.

Their experience in farm life will obviously be a criterion when selecting individuals for the committees. A security clearance will also be involved.

Along with trade decisions, the government takes comments and advice from members of rural communities regarding the direction of ag in the country. For example, improving broadband access was a topic covered during an official tour last year.