As a leader in the production of numerous agricultural commodities and home to major seaports and export facilities, Texas plays a vital role in international trade.
For these reasons and others, I am excited to congratulate TJ Verver, TDA’s state coordinator for international marketing, on his selection to USDA’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds.
In a very competitive selection process, TJ was chosen to offer his advice and expertise on this important committee. TJ is well-versed in issues related to the trade of U.S. commodities and is knowledgeable of concerns affecting the domestic and foreign production of agricultural products.
In his current role, TJ works closely with Texas agribusinesses to help them export their products. He also advises the Texas agriculture industry and TDA’s executive staff on trade issues and opportunities for agricultural exports.
TJ’s experience working with Texas farmers and ranchers, and his prior work experience in international trade with the city of San Antonio and Dell Inc., make him an outstanding addition to the ATAC as he represents a diverse group of producers and agriculture-related interests.
We all know expanding Texas trade is critical to creating jobs and growing our economy, so I’m excited TJ is going to play such an important role in growing our future success. His appointment runs until June 9, 2015. Congratulations, TJ!