Alan T. Tracy, President, U.S. Wheat Associates
President of U.S. Wheat Associates, Alan Tracy directs the organization’s global export market development program, striving to increase wheat consumption and U.S. market share for all classes of U.S. wheat in more than 100 countries.
Tracy came to U.S. Wheat Associates in 1997, after serving for seven years as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Before that, from 1986 to 1989, Tracy worked in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance. Beginning his distinguished agricultural policy career, he held several positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Inspection Services, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs, and General Sales Manager.
In 1995-96, Tracy was President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. In 1993-94, he was President of the Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council. He also helped organize, and served as the charter chairman of, the New Uses Council, a national association that promotes new nonfood, nonfeed uses of agricultural products.
From 1970 to 1981, Tracy worked in his family’s farming business in Wisconsin, growing hybrid seed corn and raising hogs and cattle. He was President of the business from 1976 to 1981.
Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Wisconsin.