Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association president and chief executive officer; Dave Gombas, senior vice-president, food safety and technology; and Robert Guenther, senior vice-president of public policy, have been appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on federal agriculture advisory committees.
Stenzel is one of 34 members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) that will advise the Secretary of Agriculture and US Trade Representative on the administration of trade policy, including enforcement of existing trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade pacts.
Guenther serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables—one of six technical committees that provide counsel on specific commodities and products. Gombas is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, which provides impartial, scientific advice to federal food safety agencies.
Noting that international sales of American farm and food exports over the past six years were the strongest in history—totaling $771.7 billion—Vilsack considers committee appointees “an invaluable asset representing one of the most important sectors to America’s export economy, whose expertise and knowledge will be relied upon to bring home the best possible trade deals.”
Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain. Go to www.unitedfresh.org for more information.