Sorghum Representatives Appointed to USDA Trade Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer appointed National Sorghum Producers member Dale Artho of Wildorado, Texas, to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC) and Patrick Wade, Texas Grain Sorghum policy specialist, to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATAC) for trade.

“Both Dale and Patrick are great representatives for Team Sorghum and we congratulate each of them on their respective appointments,” said NSP CEO Tim Lust. “We appreciate their continued efforts to ensure U.S. trade needs for sorghum and U.S. agriculture remain a priority.”

Artho produces sorghum, corn, cotton, wheat and livestock on his farm in Texas and has served in multiple leadership positions within NSP and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and served as chairman of the U.S. Grains Council. He has been very active with export market development and trade policy for 25 years.

Wade has worked for the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers for the last three and a half years and has helped facilitate dialogue between the sorghum industry and end users through a thorough understanding of the current trade climate for sorghum and U.S. agriculture.

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