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NAMA president named to ag advisory committee

The North American Millers' Association announced that NAMA President Mary Waters has been named to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the appointment. The committee will provide technical advice and information in the development and implementation of U.S. agricultural trade policy. Waters will serve on the ATAC until June 9, 2015.

"I am honored to be a member of the ATAC. It is vitally important for the agriculture industry to actively participate in the formation of agricultural trade policy," said Waters. "My participation on the ATAC is another way for NAMA to invest in the future of agriculture."

There are six ATACs: Animals and Animal Products; Fruits and Vegetables; Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds; Processed Foods; Sweeteners and Sweetener Products; and Tobacco, Cotton and Peanuts.

"With U.S. agricultural exports reaching record highs as our farmers and ranchers bring the American brand to more of the world consumers, agricultural trade is demonstrating once again its vital role in the health of our nation's economy," said Vilsack. "Members of these seven committees understand the importance of open markets to the U.S. economy. By serving on these committees, they have the opportunity to provide their expertise and knowledge to deliberations that influence U.S. trade policy, ultimately helping to grow, innovate and out-compete the rest of the world."

Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure a private-sector voice in establishing U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives to reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative jointly manage the committees.

NAMA is the trade association representing 43 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 175 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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