On June 26, 2014 Jake Lewin, CCOF Certification Services President, was announced as one of the seven additional members to join the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in fruits and vegetables. The ATAC members were appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, with the intention of ensuring the commercial and economic interests of various agricultural sectors are properly reflected in U.S. trade policies.
Vilsack stated that agricultural trade committees are helpful when it comes to issues of trade relations and building economic health. He also mentioned that committees are built with members from diverse backgrounds to provide new perspectives.
With this positioning, CCOF will be able to represent our members' trade interests and provide insight on organic matters to the Foreign Ag Service and United States Trade Representative.