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VIENNA, VA -- The U.S. Apple Association has announced the appointment of Mark Seetin to the post of director of regulatory and industry affairs, the responsibilities of which include representing apple industry issues to federal regulatory agencies and related coalitions as well as management of USApple's industry information program.

Mr. Seetin will focus on a variety of regulatory and technical issues involving apple production and marketing, including research, crop protection, food safety, imports, federal government purchases, crop insurance and biotechnology. He will also serve as the staff representative to the USApple's industry information committee, research subcommittee and several other subcommittees and task forces.

Mr. Seetin has experience as a farmer, as head of a state department of agriculture and as a senior-level executive with responsibility for issues ranging from agriculture and natural resources policy to business and finance at the state and federal levels.

Most recently, he served as senior vice president of government affairs for the American Stock Exchange. In addition to financial markets, he has worked extensively in the areas of energy and natural resources, monitoring and analyzing legislative initiatives and regulatory proposals, and coordinating the preparation of corporate testimony for legislative and regulatory hearings. His experience also includes coordinating communications with Congress as well as other federal and state-level legislative and regulatory bodies.

Mr. Seetin previously was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, focusing on renewable energy, and earlier he consulted with the U.S. Department of Energy on energy market structure and function.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Seetin served as Minnesota's commissioner of agriculture, leading a workforce of over 700 employees in 17 divisions.