FAS Expands Presence in Mexico with New Guadalajara Office

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Two women and two men standing in front of USDA logo
Mexico's Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos (second from left) joined US officials to celebrate the opening of USDA's new office in Guadalajara. With him are (left to right) US Consul General Amy Scanlon, USDA Agriculture Minister-Counselor Holly Higgins, and FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding its footprint in Mexico with the opening of the Foreign Agricultural Service’s newest foreign office in Guadalajara. 

“We’re proud to expand our services in support of U.S. agriculture as we work to tap new export opportunities in Mexico, our second-largest market,” said FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 11 with Consul General Amy Scanlon from the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara.

“The decision to establish this new office reflects the importance of our agriculture and trade relationship with Mexico, as does the fact that Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Victor Villalobos honored us with his presence at the office opening ceremony,” Whitley said.

U.S.-Mexico bilateral trade in agricultural and related products topped $76 billion in 2023, setting a new record and benefiting the entire supply chain -- from producers to processors to shippers to consumers -- on both sides of the border.

Guadalajara is Mexico’s second-largest city and is the capitol of the of the of Jalisco in west-central Mexico. The region is considered Mexico’s breadbasket and is home to large agricultural production and processing industries as well as being an important economic, cultural, and commercial center. 

You can read more about the region in this 2023 market analysis from FAS staff on the ground in Mexico:

GAIN Report MX2023-0020: Market Snapshot - Guadalajara