TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade. Mangum was selected via a national competitive process.
In 1974, Congress established APAC to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The committee advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative concerning the trade policy of the United States and the matters arising in the course of administering that policy. APAC also provides information and advice regarding the negotiating objectives and bargaining positions of the United States before our nation enters into trade agreements.
The committee has 39 members. President Mangum is one of only two university administrators selected to serve on APAC; the other is Won Koo, Ph.D., director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies (CAPTS) at North Dakota State University. The remaining committee members make up the who’s who of U.S. agri-business.
Commenting on her selection to APAC, Mangum said, “It is a tremendous honor to be selected by Secretary Vilsack to serve on this vitally important committee that is responsible for helping to shape our international agricultural trade policy. Agriculture is crucial to the economic well-being of Florida and the country.”
President Mangum’s appointment is a nod to the University’s essential role in the future of the agriculture industry.
“The University is poised to help provide new and innovative solutions to food production, food safety and security concerns, and the promotion of sustainable farming,” Mangum said. “Our research programs and research centers contribute to the advancement of new knowledge and scientific discoveries that have national and international implications through a variety of initiatives.”
FAMU’s current agricultural research includes the recent development of biological strategies to control invasive pests and plants like the Tropical Soda Apple, Japanese Beetle, Red Palm Beetle, Asian Black Carp, and many others that interrupt agricultural production, tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing. These invasive species also diminish local property values and threaten our honeybee colonies and the approximately $15 billion-related industry.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is one of the largest single-campus historically black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus with a commitment to economic empowerment and community service.
The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics.
FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students from diverse backgrounds.
What distinguishes Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University from other universities is its legacy of providing access to a high-quality, affordable education to many students who otherwise may never have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of getting a college degree. The CollegeNet and PayScale Social Mobility Index (SMI) have recognized FAMU for its commitment to providing pathways for social and economic mobility.
SMI ranks FAMU third among all colleges and universities in the nation for fostering social and economic opportunity. FAMU is also one of the top institutions for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).
U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the nation’s top public historically black college or university (HBCU) for 2015. The University was also recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.