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Wertish re-appointed to trade committee

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish was re-appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade. The committee, which is made up of private-sector individuals who provide input to the USDA and the Office of...

President Gary Wertish of Minnesota Farmers' Union talks to reporters about legislative activity during the 2017 session. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Submitted Gary Wertish, of Renville, was re-elected president of the Minnesota Farmers Union during its convention Nov. 17-19.

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish was re-appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees for Trade.

The committee, which is made up of private-sector individuals who provide input to the USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, focuses on grains, feed, oilseeds and planting seeds.

"It's been a great opportunity to serve on the ATAC, and I'm glad to represent Farmers Union on this committee for another four years," said Wertish, a farmer from rural Renville.

"Grain farmers have been facing economic disruption for the past five years due to low prices and trade wars. I will continue to be a voice for our members on this important committee and hope to guide the USDA and USTR toward getting our trade relationships back on track, as they are an important piece of the puzzle for family farm income."

The names of those appointed to the committee were released recently by the USDA and the Foreign Agricultural Service.

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