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FAS’s recent trade mission to Central America’s Northern Triangle is poised to rank as one of the most successful in history, yielding $30 million in projected 12-month export sales for a host of U.S. farm and food products ranging from seafood to...
March 2, 2018
CAFTA-DR: A Trade Partnership that Works
By Jason Hafemeister, Trade Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney is leading a USDA trade mission to Central America this week, making it a good time to review where we stand...
November 2, 2017
Pioneering Export Markets with the Cochran Fellowship Program
It's been a busy fall for the FAS Cochran Fellowship Program. In September and October 2017, more than 200 Cochran Fellows from 32 countries traveled to the United States to enhance their knowledge and technical skills. The fellows, many of them...
Pablo Chacón, a Guatemalan farmer, takes notes at the CATIE dairy farm and research center in Turrialba, Costa Rica, where he is studying agroforestry on an FAS-funded scholarship. By Robert Schubert, FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development...
September 10, 2013
Online Tool Helps Ag Exporters Track Trade Agreements
By Jason Carver, Senior Economist, FAS Global Policy Analysis Division The United States has free trade agreements with 20 countries around the world that expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural producers. To help exporters obtain...
January 18, 2012
USDA Grant Helps Coffee Farmers Win Honduras’ Cup of Excellence
If you can name it, there’s probably a competitive event for it. For instance, coffee has its own competition called the Cup of Excellence. In the coffee world, no honor is more sought after. It is given each year to only top coffees from...
January 9, 2012
People’s Garden Builds Sense of Community in Costa Rica
By Kelly Stange, Agricultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy, San Jose, Costa Rica The Foreign Agricultural Service office in San Jose broke ground on our People’s Garden in Fall 2009. Ever since that day our embassy employees and their families, as well as...
By organizing and executing agricultural trade missions, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is helping U.S. exports thrive around the world. In 2011 alone, USDA led 57 U.S. agribusinesses on missions to Peru, Indonesia, Vietnam, Colombia and...