RUSSELL, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warren H. Gfeller of Russell, Kansas has been appointed by The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Animal and Animal Products. The ATAC advises the USTR and Secretary of Agriculture on international trade matters relevant to U.S. agriculture.
Mr. Gfeller is owner and operator of Stranger Valley Ranch, a commercial cow/calf operation that runs 800+ cows on 10,000+ acres in Russell County, Kansas. The ranch is a progressive operation that is focused on added value, sustainability and quality assurance.
“I am honored to have been appointed to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee,” said Mr. Gfeller. “I look forward to representing the interests of livestock producers across the U.S. in international trade negotiations.”
A native of Russell, Kansas, Mr. Gfeller had an extensive corporate career before returning to Russell to oversee the ranching operation. He has served as CEO and CFO of public companies involved in domestic and international business, and as a member of boards of directors for companies in various industries, many of which have international operations. From 1983 to 1991 Mr. Gfeller serviced as President, CEO and a Director for Ferrellgas, Inc. which, under his leadership, grew to the second largest U.S. supplier of propane gas and related services.
Mr. Gfeller, who is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, currently serves on the boards of directors for Crestwood Equities Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP), HC2Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCHC), Gardner Bancshares, Inc. and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Past board memberships include Global Marine Holdings, Inergy LP (NYSE: NRGY), and Zapata Corp. (NYSE: ZAP).
An active member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Kansas Livestock Association, Mr. Gfeller has been involved over the years with several agricultural-related companies including beef packing and processing, beef verification and certification products, manufactured equipment and livestock production.
In 2020 Mr. Gfeller was appointed a Commissioner of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, a cabinet-level appointment. He has been an active board member of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation since 1992, including serving as Chairman.
Mr. Gfeller — a Kansas State University graduate — will serve on the ATAC Committee until 2025. The Office of the USTR is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.