President Obama has announced his intention to appoint Jill Appell to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, according to

Appell is a member of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Advisory Committee and has served on task forces for the Illinois Farm Bureau. She is a past president of the National Pork Producers Council and the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

In addition, Appell was a member of the Illinois Governor's Task Force that helped to write the Livestock Management Facilities Act, which regulates livestock facilities in Illinois. She served as Illinois State Director of USDA Rural Development during the Clinton administration.