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Kathy Means, the Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) v.p. of government relations, has been named to serve the 2008-2012 term on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. Appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, Means is one of 34 selected nationally to serve on the committee.
The ATAC for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables provides technical information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on matters relating to produce.
The committee is part of the Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) Trade Representatives Agriculture Advisory program, which includes the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and five other commodity-specific ATACs besides fruits and vegetables. The program's committees ensure cooperation between the federal government and private sector on agricultural trade issues.
At PMA, Means oversees government affairs, public affairs, and self-regulatory programs, as well as heading the association's food safety and security efforts. Before coming to PMA, she spent nine years as an editor and reporter with The Packer, a produce industry trade newspaper.