Getting Started

New to exporting and not sure where to start? FAS and its partners have a variety of resources that can help you succeed in the global marketplace. From facilitating relationships with potential foreign buyers, to providing technical and financial assistance, FAS’s resources and expertise can help link your business to a world of opportunities.

A great place to start is with the State Regional Trade Group (SRTG) that covers your area. FAS supports four of these non-profit organizations, which in turn assist U.S. food and agricultural businesses with the entire exporting process. Your SRTG can help you with everything from learning the fundamentals of exporting to identifying overseas opportunities to marketing your products through trade shows and trade missions. With FAS support, SRTGs also help fund international marketing campaigns and promote U.S. farm and food products overseas. FAS and SRTGs work closely together with the ultimate goal  of helping U.S. agriculture build a global business.

Contact Your State Regional Trade Group

FAS also partners with more than 70 non-profit trade associations, called "cooperators," that represent producers of myriad food and agricultural products — from pecans to papayas, from sorghum to salmon, from dried beans to beef, and beyond. As part of their mission to promote U.S. agricultural products around the world, many cooperator organizations offer exporter assistance, sponsor trade missions, and help farmers and ranchers identify international market opportunities.

Browse the Directory of Cooperator Organizations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Market Intelligence

In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of offices covering more than 170 countries. FAS staff members are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. They analyze foreign market opportunities, prepare trade forecasts, and track changes in policies affecting U.S. agricultural exports and imports. This first-hand intelligence can help exporters make informed decisions about how and where to grow their businesses. Browse the Data and Analysis section to find out more about what's happening in markets around the world. 


Helps finance activities to market and promote U.S. agricultural commodities and products worldwide.

Data and Analysis

FAS Manila worked with JDR Sales and Marketing Group LLC (JDR), a company based in Granada Hills, California and the designated exporter to the Philippines of Huy Fong Foods Inc.....

News and Features

For a women-owned business in rural Indiana, working with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service became a life-changing experience. Selling homemade peanut butter began as a team fundraiser idea for soccer moms Carol Podolak and Joy Thompkins. Seven...
On October 5, FAS Administrator Ken Isley joined U.S. Chargé d’Affairs Robin Quinville for the grand opening of the USA Pavilion at the Anuga trade show in Cologne, Germany. Nearly 160 American companies participated in Anuga, the world’s largest...
Small businesses trying to sell their products in foreign markets can face many challenges. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service can help them navigate regulatory mazes and find eager customers. In this USDA Radio Feature, John Hannah, president of...