Culp appointed to agricultural technical advisory committee for trade
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have appointed 140 private-sector members to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade.
Kendell Culp, vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, was appointed to serve on the agricultural technical advisory committee for trade in grains, feed, oilseeds, and planting seeds.
Culp raises corn, soybeans, and beef cattle in Rensselaer, Ind. and says it’s important that farmers are represented on the committees.
“I think it’s important that they hear from producers so that the farm gate is represented in Washington at these talks,” he says. “I think that’s really important and everybody can bring something to the table, but it’s really important that a producer’s voice is heard because at the farm level many times we might have a different perspective.”
He says he’s looking forward to having an open dialogue with the administration.
“Secretary Perdue has done a really good job of keeping the importance of agriculture and the story of the American farmer in front of the president and top administration officials and I think this (committee) is an extension of that,” he says.
Culp will serve on the committee until June 2023.
Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure that US agricultural trade policy objectives reflect public- and private- sector commercial and economic interests. USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative jointly manage the committees.
Audio: Kendell Culp, Indiana Farm Bureau