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New Members Appointed to USDA’s Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today appointed 20 members to serve on the Departments’ Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets.

New committee members include: Brent E. Babb, Chesterfield, Mo.; Nana Bekoe-Sakyi, Turlock, Calif.; Robert R. Bignami, Orland, Calif.; Gary R. Blumenthal, Washington, D.C.; James Byrum, East Lansing, Mich.; Mark Gerardi, Wilton, Conn.; Howard Gochberg, Mahtomedi, Minn.; Stephanie Grunenfelder, Alexandria, Va.; James Guinn, Arlington, Va.; Peter Guyer, Seattle, Wash.; Jason Hafemeister, McLean, Va.; Keith Heikes, Shawano, Wis.; Nedra Huggins-Williams, Brentwood, Tenn.; Philip Jones, Washington, D.C.; Mark Kuechler, Spotsylvania, Va.; Jenifer McBeath, Fairbanks, Alaska; Lori McGehee, Denver, Colo.; Jo Morrison, New York, N.Y.; Robert S. Papanos, Houston, Texas; and Bonnie H. Wolfe, Great Falls, Va.

The Emerging Markets Program provides $10 million each year in funding for technical assistance activities to promote exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products to emerging markets. An emerging market is defined by the legislation as any country that is taking steps toward a market-oriented economy through the food, agriculture, or rural business sectors of the economy of the country and has the potential to provide a viable and significant market for United States commodities or products of United States agricultural commodities. The committee consists of representatives of the various sectors of the food and rural business systems of the United States. The role of the Committee is to provide information and advice, based upon knowledge and expertise of the members, useful to the USDA in implementing the Emerging Markets Program. The program is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

For more information on the Emerging Markets Program, contact Stacey Peckins at (202) 690-6270, or by e-mail: Information on the advisory committee and the Emerging Markets Program is also available on the Web at

Release No. 0116-10

Katie Gorscak (202) 720-0555



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