FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – John Bode, President & CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, was appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee on January 14 by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Comprised of senior representatives from across the agricultural community, the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee provides advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements. Bode will serve in this position until 2025.
“Serving on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee is a great opportunity to help ensure fair and equitable trade agreements with our partners for our country, allowing us to compete in the global economy” said Bode. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow committee members to help develop and advise on trade policy matters that will benefit the entire U.S. agricultural community, and look forward to seeing all that we will accomplish.”
U.S. corn refiners export over $2 billion dollars in goods annually, adding $4.7 billion to the overall economy. With 15% of all U.S. refined corn products exported annually, international trade is vital to the success of CRA members.
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.