Washington’s Randy Suess appointed to federal trade committee

Randy Suess, a retired wheat grower from Whitman County, has been appointed to serve on the federal Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. Randy currently serves as president of Whitman County Wheat Growers and is the representative to WAWG’s board of directors.

The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) is comprised of senior representatives from across the U.S. agricultural community who provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters, including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements. Members of the six APACs provide technical advice and guidance from the perspective of their specific product sectors. The appointed advisors will serve until 2025.

“I can think of very few people who are more qualified to fulfill the purpose of the advisory committee to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public and private sector interests,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “Randy has been a WAWG committee chair for nearly 20 years, served 11 years with the Washington Grain Commission and was chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates. He has a lifetime of service in the agricultural industry with extensive knowledge and exposure to world markets.”