UTIA Trade Expert Appointed to Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee

Andrew Muhammad to Advise Nation’s Leaders on International Agricultural Trade Issues

Andrew Muhammad, agricultural trade expert and Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee, where he will provide advice to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on international agricultural trade issues. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Muhammad, agricultural trade expert and Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), has been appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee, where he will provide advice to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on international agricultural trade issues.

Specifically, the committee provides information and advice concerning the administration of trade policy, including the enforcement of existing trade agreements, as well as negotiating objectives for new trade agreements.

International trade agreement tensions and negotiations demonstrate the intrinsic value of agricultural trade think tanks and strategic navigation. Muhammad has conducted extensive economic analyses regarding tariffs and international trade agreements and served as a trusted agricultural trade expert to various media outlets such as Forbes and Bloomberg.

“Serving on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is an excellent opportunity that will benefit UTIA as well as agricultural, food and forestry interests in Tennessee,” said Muhammad. “I look forward to working with industry leaders and policy makers in helping to develop and implement trade policy to benefit U.S. food and agriculture.” 

Muhammed is the only committee member who is also serving as a member of the faculty at a land-grant university.

The advisory committee system was established by Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives reflect U.S. public- and private-sector commercial and economic interests. A total of 140 private-sector members have been appointed to the committee. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative manage the committee.

Muhammad will serve on the advisory committee through June 15, 2023.

Joining the faculty of UTIA’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2018, Muhammad assists the state and nation’s agricultural decision makers in the evaluation of policies and programs dealing with agricultural commodities, food and international trade, as well as advocating for state and regional agricultural opportunities. His current research focuses on agricultural trade and trade policy, effects of trade on developing countries, and global food demand.

Through its mission of research, teaching and Extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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