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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp- Nomination and Part I Biodata for Mr.

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151008Z Jun 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 PARIS 004214

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ECA/PE/V/R/E (CAROL GRABAUSKAS; STEVE TAYLOR);
EUR/PPD (LILLIAN DEVALCOURT)
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL FR
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP- NOMINATION AND PART I BIODATA FOR MR.
NICOLAS RECH - ALTERNATE CANDIDATE FOR INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM.

REF:

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: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: PaillardS@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Paris
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 14544
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGE
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 291
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: FY 2006 - INDIVIDUAL Program - Nicolas Rech
(Alternate)
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individual
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE:
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 19
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1047
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: IND
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 14544
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Agriculture
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Nicolas
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Rech
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: No
M-ADDR1: Lagarrigue
M-ADDR2:
M-ADDR3:
M-CITY: Senouillac
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 81600
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 5.63.41.70.83
M-FAX: + (33) 5.63.81.59.88
M-EMAIL: nicolas.rech@wanadoo.fr
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: H
GENDER: M
DOB: 05/22/1976
MAR-STAT: S
BIRTH-CITY: Albi
BIRTH-CNTRY: France
CITIZ-CNTRY: France
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
Wine grower and manager of winery, since 1997
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
- President of the Young Farmers' Union of Midi-Pyrenees
(Jeunes Agriculteurs), since June 2004
- President of the Young Farmers' Union of Tarn Department,
since February 2003
- Administrator, Wine cooperative, Labastide de Levis, Tarn,
since 2002
- Municipal Councilor, Senouillac, since 2001
- Treasurer, SICAREX (R&D agricultural firm), since 2001
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:

END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
- Canada, July 1996 - participant in a Rotary Club cultural
visit and exchange
- Spain, March 1995 - school trip to visit Spanish wineries
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
- 1994-1996 - Associate Degree, major in wine growing-
oenology, High School for General and Vocational Training in
Agriculture, Bordeaux-Blanquefort
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
- Member, Board of Directors, Center of Rural Economy, Tarn
department
- Member, Board of Directors, Chamber of Agriculture of the
Tarn department
- Member, Board of Directors, Departmental Federation of
Farmers' Unions (FDSEA), Tarn department
- Member, Board of Directors, Regional Federation of Farmers'
Unions (FRSEA), Midi-Pyrenees
- Member, Board of Directors, Departmental Committee on
Agricultural Orientation, Tarn department
- Member, Board of Directors, Departmental Association for the
Development of Farm Facilities (ADASEA), Tarn department
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: French
ENGL-READ: 2
ENGL-SPEAK: 2
ENGL-COMP: 2
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: Spanish
OTHER-LANG-ID: QB
READ: 2
SPEAK: 2
COMP: 3
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
As the Mission aims to reach out to the successor generation,
Mr. Rech's reach among young farmers (i.e. less than 35 years
old) would enable us to directly address this hard-to-reach
audience. Developing productive contacts in the agricultural
sector, which is the second industry after aeronautics in Midi-
Pyrenees, is essential for APP Toulouse. Agriculture employs
10% of the Midi- Pyrenees workforce --double the national
average. It is therefore a sector whose leaders have a major
influence on a large portion of the local population. Yet,
most young farmers have never traveled to the United States,
much less met with their American counterparts. Therefore, an
IV trip will give Mr. Rech the rare opportunity to interact
with American farmers, lobbyists, and policy makers. Helping
Mr. Rech gain a clear perception of American agricultural
issues and solutions will shape his decisions as President of
Young Farmers.
Promoting a better understanding of U.S. agriculture among
young farmers such as Mr. Rech will also help influence the
way the French agricultural sector approaches agricultural
trade negotiations at the international level (WTO).
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
Mr. Rech has never been to the U.S. and is unfamiliar with
most of its agricultural issues. It would therefore be
essential for him to gain a broad knowledge of USG
agricultural policy before meeting with lobbyists, union
leaders, farmers/winegrowers, Congressional staffers, and
local Chamber of Agriculture-equivalent representatives. Mr.
Rech is interested in learning about American agriculture's
financing (especially with regard to financial aid to newly-
established farmers), rural development policies in the U.S.,
and the organization of agribusiness networks. Helping him
develop contacts with his counterparts among young unionists
and with American farmers in order to confront the issues they
face and the solutions Americans have adopted is also crucial.
Mr. Rech has also started a farmers' committee in the Tarn
department tasked with analyzing biofuel production
opportunities for farmers. Presentations on U.S. energy policy
as it pertains to biofuel and renewable energy would also be
of use to Mr. Rech in his endeavors, as would meetings with
biofuel producers.
END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Helene Mason
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
At age 28, Nicolas Rech has already reached a high level of
responsibility within his professional union and is a key
player in the Midi-Pyrenees young farmers' community. The
successful running of his winery enables him to dedicate much
of his time to the advancement of agricultural issues
important to young farmers.
A highly-motivated and energetic individual, he has been
actively involved in departmental and regional groups of the
national Young Farmers union since 2001. As departmental
administrator for the union in 2002, he handled farm
establishment, which is one of the major issues facing young
farmers. In that capacity, he promoted rural development and
interacted with local political leaders. His dynamism was well
recognized among his peers, and he rapidly progressed within
the union's hierarchy to become the elected Departmental and
Regional President of Young Farmers. He currently holds these
two positions simultaneously and is actively working to
energize his union members at the county and departmental
levels in order to build up support for and voluntary
participation in Young Farmers' regional endeavors. To that
end, he has chosen to focus union priorities on the
harmonization of farm establishment procedures at the regional
level and on polling young professionals to assist them with
their projects.
As Regional President of Young Farmers, he represents the
union's Midi-Pyrenees 2,000 members at the national level
through the Council of Regional Presidents and also through
promotional events and demonstrations. He therefore has a
significant domestic impact on the issues that are of
relevance to young farmers and on the ways the union should
push its agenda.
As a professional wine grower, Mr. Rech is also very active in
his community through the wine cooperative (300 wine growers)
of which he is an administrator. He has innovative ideas as to
how cooperatives in his area should be run and merged, and
vocally supports favoring efficiency over individual interests
and susceptibilities.
His involvement with Young Farmers -and undoubtedly later with
other farmers' unions- is a long-term choice. He intends to
continue to seek responsibilities at the national and local
levels, depending on time constraints. He feels that a
national role in Young Farmers in the short-term would be
tremendously interesting, as it would enable him to work with
Ministries, the European Union, and financial institutions.
However, within the next five years, he intends to run for a
departmental Chamber of Agriculture position and to become
more actively involved in the local wine production
organization (i.e. the running of local cooperatives).
Already engaged in his village's political life as municipal
councilor, Mr. Rech will very likely continue in politics in
the future in order to have a direct impact on budgets and
laws affecting his profession. He is considering running for
office within the next ten years, either at the national level
as a Member of the National Assembly to propose laws or at the
regional level as a Member of the Regional Council to shape
local development by voting on financial attributions.
A likely future key actor in rural development in Midi-
Pyrenees, Mr. Rech would be a very valuable contact for the
USG. Participating in the IV program at this stage would
undoubtedly be a decisive experience for him. Not only would
it broaden his understanding of American agricultural policy
in a context of Franco-American disagreements on agricultural
exchanges and policies, but it would be an opportunity to have
a significant impact on the way he tackles agricultural
issues.

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: APP Toulouse, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE: INTERPRETER
NOMINEE-ID: 578
PERSON-ID: 477
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: FR
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: FR
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: FR
E-I-TYPE-ID: I
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

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