The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is announces Gina Tumbarello, AFIA’s senior director of global strategies, policy and trade, has been reappointed to serve on the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds.
Tumbarello has represented AFIA members on the ATAC since 2014 and provides valuable technical advice and information about U.S. animal food products and the industry to the secretary of agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Tumbarello joins Constance Cullman, AFIA’s president and CEO, who has been serving on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee since 2020.
“Last year, the U.S. animal food industry exported over $11 billion worth of feed and pet food products,” said AFIA president and CEO Constance Cullman. “The AFIA’s ability to provide ongoing industry representation to the U.S. trade negotiators is paramount to ensuring continued and further global market access for the U.S animal food industry and our vision for a healthier world through advanced animal nutrition. We are thrilled to continue being a voice for the country's nearly 5,650 animal food manufacturers.”
Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure the U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives reflect U.S. public- and private-sector commercial and economic interests. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USTR manage the committees.
Tumbarello will serve along with the other committee members until August 2027.