Washington, D.C. – Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer appointed Bakersfield resident and co-owner of Grimmway Enterprises, Barbara Grimm-Marshall, to the USDA’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables.

“I want to thank Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer on appointing Barbara to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. As co-owner of Grimmway Enterprises, the largest carrot producer in the world and the single largest organic grower in the United States, Barbara understands firsthand how Federal laws and trade policy directly affect our community and the nation’s farms and agricultural producers,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “Through her work experience and business acumen, she is poised to play a leading role advising the Administration on trade policy and will be an effective voice for Kern County, the Central Valley, and California agriculture on this advisory committee.”

“I would also like to recognize Joel Nelsen of California Citrus Mutual on his reappointment to the ATAC for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. Our community is fortunate to have knowledgeable Californians working to make our nation’s laws fairer for our farmers. Joel’s continued service on this committee will  help to ensure our agricultural producers are well represented to Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer,” said McCarthy.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve on the USDA Trade Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables. I look forward to bringing another voice from the Central Valley to this vitally important agency.” –Barbara Grimm-Marshall

“The announcement by USDA Secretary Perdue and Trade Ambassador Lighthizer is both gratifying and humbling. I trust I bring valuable insight to the Administration and that has always been my goal on behalf of California citrus producers and California agriculture. It is also humbling because when I asked Congressmen McCarthy and Nunes for a support letter, they jointly submitted one on my behalf without hesitation. No doubt this helped my reappointment to a position that helps establish trade policy. I am very grateful to them for their communication. There are many applicants for these positions. Having the two of them in my corner was a tremendous benefit.” –Joel Nelsen


  • The Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables was established in 1975 and is charged with making “recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on matters that are of mutual concern to the United States and to its consumers, producers, processors, and traders of fruits and vegetables in connection with the trade policy activities undertaken by the United States” per its Charter
  • On February 28, 2019, Congressman McCarthy sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer in support of Mrs. Barbara Grimm-Marshall’s appointment to the ATAC for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables. A copy of the letter can be accessed here.
  • Congressman McCarthy and Congressman Devin Nunes also sent a letter to Secretary Perdue and Ambassador Lighthizer on February 28, 2019 in support of the reappointment of Mr. Joel Nelsen of California Citrus Mutual to this advisory committee. A copy of this letter can be accessed here.

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