Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade; Reestablishment and Nominations, 13078-13079 [07-1339]

Download as PDF 13078 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 53 Tuesday, March 20, 2007 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade; Reestablishment and Nominations AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary), in coordination with the United States Trade Representative (USTR), intends to reestablish the Agricultural policy advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade and the six existing Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATAC) for Trade. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is requesting nominations for persons to serve on these seven committees for a term of four years. Written nominations must be received by FAS before the close of business on April 13, 2007. DATES: Nominations must be handdelivered (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.) to the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, Room 5603–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Mail Stop 1048, Washington, DC 20250–1001. ADDRESSES: pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries or comments regarding the reestablishment of these committees also may be sent by electronic mail to Michelle.Moore@fas.usda.gov, or by fax to (202) 720–0340. The Office of Negotiations and Agreements may be reached by telephone at (202) 720–6219, with inquiries directed to Michelle Moore. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:08 Mar 19, 2007 Jkt 211001 The APAC and the ATACs are authorized by sections 135(c)(1) and (2) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93–618, 19 U.S.C. 2155 (2000)). The purpose of these committees is to advise the Secretary and the U.S. Trade Representative concerning agricultural trade policy. The committees are intended to ensure that representative elements of the private sector have an opportunity to express their views to the U.S. government. • All committee members must be U.S. citizens and must not be required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. • To attend certain meetings, committee members must have a current security clearance or have submitted an application for a security clearance. • Committee members serve without compensation; they are not reimbursed for their travel expenses. • No person may serve on more than one USDA advisory committee at the same time. Rechartering of Existing Committees This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. General Committee Information Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. (2000)), FAS gives notice that the Secretary and the USTR intend to reestablish the APAC and the following six ATACs: • Animals and Animal Products; • Fruits and Vegetables; • Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds; • Processed Foods; • Sweeteners and Sweetener Products; and, • Tobacco, Cotton, Peanuts, and Planting Seeds. In 1974, Congress established a private sector advisory committee system to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The private sector advisory committee system currently consists of three tiers: • The President’s Advisory Committee on Trade and Policy Negotiations; • Five general policy advisory committees, including the APAC; and, • Twenty-two technical advisory committees, including the ATACs. The establishment and renewal of such committees is in the public interest in connection with the duties of the USDA imposed by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. • Each committee has a chairperson, who is elected from the membership of that committee. • Committees meet approximately four times per year, and all committee meetings are held in Washington, DC. • Committee meetings may be closed to the public, if the USTR determines that a committee will be discussing issues that justify closing a meeting or portion of a meeting, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(b). • Throughout the year, members are requested to review sensitive trade policy information via a secure website and provide comments regarding trade negotiations. • In addition to their other advisory responsibilities, at the conclusion of negotiations of any trade agreement, all committees are required to provide a report on each agreement to the President, Congress, and the USTR. Introduction Committee Membership Information • All committee members are appointed by the Secretary and the USTR and serve at the discretion of the Secretary and the USTR. • Committee size will be limited up to approximately 35 members each. • All committee appointments will expire in four years, but the Secretary and the USTR may renew an appointment for one or more additional terms. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade The APAC is composed of a broad spectrum of agricultural interests. The APAC provides advice concerning the following: • Negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before the United States enters into a trade agreement; • The operation of various U.S. trade agreements; and • Other matters arising from the administration of U.S. trade policy. Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade The ATACs provide advice and information regarding trade issues that affect both domestic and foreign production in the commodities of the respective sector, drawing upon the technical competence and experience of E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 53 / Tuesday, March 20, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES the members. There will be six ATACs, one for each of the following sectors: • Animals and Animal Products; • Fruits and Vegetables; • Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds; • Processed Foods; • Sweeteners and Sweetener Products; and, • Tobacco, Cotton, Peanuts, and Planning Seeds. Nominations and Appointment of Members Nominations for APAC and ATAC membership are open to all individuals representing U.S. entities with an interest in agricultural trade without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Members must have expertise and knowledge of agricultural trade as it relates to policy and commodity specific products. No person, company, producer, farm organization, trade association, or other entity has a right to membership on a committee. In making appointments, every effort will be made to maintain balanced representation on the committees: from producers, farm and commodity organizations, processors, traders, and consumers. Geographical balance on each committee will also be sought. Nominating a person to serve on any of the committees requires submission of a current resume for the nominee and the following form: • AD–755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information), available on the Internet at https:// www.fas.usda.gov/admin/ad755.pdf. In addition, FAS encourages the submission of the optional form AD– 1086 (Applicant for Advisory Committee Supplemental Sheet), available on the Internet at https:// www.fas.usda.gov/admin/ad1086.pdf. Forms may also be requested by sending an email to Michelle.Moore@fas.usda.gov, or by phone at 202–720–6219. Foreign Firms: Persons who are employed by firms that are 50 percent plus one share foreign-owned must state the extent to which the organization or interest to be represented by the nominee is owned by non-U.S. citizens, organizations, or interests. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Umpqua National Forest Public Affairs Officer Cheryl Walters at 541–957–3270 or crwalters@fs.fed.us or 2900 NW., Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97470. Dated: March 13, 2007. Greg Lesch, Acting Forest Supervisor, Umpqua National Forest. [FR Doc. 07–1335 Filed 3–19–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee (DPAC) Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee will meet on April 5, 2007, starting at 9 a.m. at Jefferson County Firehall on the corner of Adam and ‘‘J’’ Street in Oregon. Agenda items will include a briefing on the progress for Travel Management, PAC upcoming program of work and scheduling, an update on the Five Buttes project on the Crescent Ranger District, and a membership round robin. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 53 / Tuesday, March 20, 2007 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the 
Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade; Reestablishment 
and Nominations

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is 
hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary), in 
coordination with the United States Trade Representative (USTR), 
intends to reestablish the Agricultural policy advisory Committee 
(APAC) for Trade and the six existing Agricultural Technical Advisory 
Committees (ATAC) for Trade. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is 
requesting nominations for persons to serve on these seven committees 
for a term of four years.

DATES: Written nominations must be received by FAS before the close of 
business on April 13, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Nominations must be hand-delivered (including FedEx, DHL, 
UPS, etc.) to the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, USDA, Room 5603-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Mail Stop 1048, Washington, DC 20250-1001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inquiries or comments regarding the 
reestablishment of these committees also may be sent by electronic mail 
to Michelle.Moore@fas.usda.gov, or by fax to (202) 720-0340. The Office 
of Negotiations and Agreements may be reached by telephone at (202) 
720-6219, with inquiries directed to Michelle Moore.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Introduction

    The APAC and the ATACs are authorized by sections 135(c)(1) and (2) 
of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93-618, 19 U.S.C. 
2155 (2000)). The purpose of these committees is to advise the 
Secretary and the U.S. Trade Representative concerning agricultural 
trade policy. The committees are intended to ensure that representative 
elements of the private sector have an opportunity to express their 
views to the U.S. government.

Rechartering of Existing Committees

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 
(2000)), FAS gives notice that the Secretary and the USTR intend to 
reestablish the APAC and the following six ATACs:
     Animals and Animal Products;
     Fruits and Vegetables;
     Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds;
     Processed Foods;
     Sweeteners and Sweetener Products; and,
     Tobacco, Cotton, Peanuts, and Planting Seeds.
    In 1974, Congress established a private sector advisory committee 
system to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives 
adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The private 
sector advisory committee system currently consists of three tiers:
     The President's Advisory Committee on Trade and Policy 
Negotiations;
     Five general policy advisory committees, including the 
APAC; and,
     Twenty-two technical advisory committees, including the 
ATACs.
    The establishment and renewal of such committees is in the public 
interest in connection with the duties of the USDA imposed by the Trade 
Act of 1974, as amended.

Committee Membership Information

     All committee members are appointed by the Secretary and 
the USTR and serve at the discretion of the Secretary and the USTR.
     Committee size will be limited up to approximately 35 
members each.
     All committee appointments will expire in four years, but 
the Secretary and the USTR may renew an appointment for one or more 
additional terms.
     All committee members must be U.S. citizens and must not 
be required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
     To attend certain meetings, committee members must have a 
current security clearance or have submitted an application for a 
security clearance.
     Committee members serve without compensation; they are not 
reimbursed for their travel expenses.
     No person may serve on more than one USDA advisory 
committee at the same time.

General Committee Information

     Each committee has a chairperson, who is elected from the 
membership of that committee.
     Committees meet approximately four times per year, and all 
committee meetings are held in Washington, DC.
     Committee meetings may be closed to the public, if the 
USTR determines that a committee will be discussing issues that justify 
closing a meeting or portion of a meeting, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 
552(b).
     Throughout the year, members are requested to review 
sensitive trade policy information via a secure website and provide 
comments regarding trade negotiations.
     In addition to their other advisory responsibilities, at 
the conclusion of negotiations of any trade agreement, all committees 
are required to provide a report on each agreement to the President, 
Congress, and the USTR.

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade

    The APAC is composed of a broad spectrum of agricultural interests. 
The APAC provides advice concerning the following:
     Negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before the 
United States enters into a trade agreement;
     The operation of various U.S. trade agreements; and
     Other matters arising from the administration of U.S. 
trade policy.

Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade

    The ATACs provide advice and information regarding trade issues 
that affect both domestic and foreign production in the commodities of 
the respective sector, drawing upon the technical competence and 
experience of

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the members. There will be six ATACs, one for each of the following 
sectors:
     Animals and Animal Products;
     Fruits and Vegetables;
     Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds;
     Processed Foods;
     Sweeteners and Sweetener Products; and,
     Tobacco, Cotton, Peanuts, and Planning Seeds.

Nominations and Appointment of Members

    Nominations for APAC and ATAC membership are open to all 
individuals representing U.S. entities with an interest in agricultural 
trade without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, 
age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual 
orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the committee take 
into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, 
membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with 
demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities.
    Members must have expertise and knowledge of agricultural trade as 
it relates to policy and commodity specific products. No person, 
company, producer, farm organization, trade association, or other 
entity has a right to membership on a committee. In making 
appointments, every effort will be made to maintain balanced 
representation on the committees: from producers, farm and commodity 
organizations, processors, traders, and consumers. Geographical balance 
on each committee will also be sought.
    Nominating a person to serve on any of the committees requires 
submission of a current resume for the nominee and the following form:
     AD-755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background 
Information), available on the Internet at https://www.fas.usda.gov/
admin/ad755.pdf.
    In addition, FAS encourages the submission of the optional form AD-
1086 (Applicant for Advisory Committee Supplemental Sheet), available 
on the Internet at https://www.fas.usda.gov/admin/ad1086.pdf. Forms may 
also be requested by sending an email to Michelle.Moore@fas.usda.gov, 
or by phone at 202-720-6219.
    Foreign Firms: Persons who are employed by firms that are 50 
percent plus one share foreign-owned must state the extent to which the 
organization or interest to be represented by the nominee is owned by 
non-U.S. citizens, organizations, or interests. If the nominee is to 
represent an entity or corporation with 10 percent or greater non-U.S. 
ownership, the nominee must demonstrate at the time of nomination that 
this ownership interest does not constitute control and will not 
adversely affect his or her ability to serve as an advisor on the U.S. 
agriculture advisory committee for trade.

    Issued at Washington, DC, this 7th day of March, 2007.
W. Kirk Miller,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 07-1339 Filed 3-19-07; 8:45 am]
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