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Dr. Koo Named to USDA/USTR Committee

Won W. Koo

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the appointment of Dr. Won Koo, Professor, North Dakota State University, and Director of Center for Agriculture Policy and Trade Studies, to the USDA/USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade.

USDA and USTR rely on the advice and counsel these committees provide on trade issues.  With U.S. exports of food and agricultural products expected to reach the second highest level ever this fiscal year, trade contributes substantially to a healthy agricultural economy.  The advisory committee provides policy advice on agricultural trade issues to the Secretary of Agriculture and the United States Trade Representative. The committee plays a significant role in the trade policy process, providing advice on negotiating objectives and strategies and on other matters related to the development and administration of U.S. agricultural trade policies. ”The input and advise received from the committee members is critically important as we work to carry out President Obama’s ambitious trade agenda,” said Ambassador Kirk.

Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure U.S. Agricultural trade policy objectives reflect U.S. commercial and economic interest.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and USTR jointly manage the committees. Dr. Koo’s appointment to the advisory committee is effective June 15, 2012 and will expire on June 15, 2016.

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