Multilateral Engagement

By monitoring and participating in international fora, FAS encourages both adherence to, and transparency in, the international rules-based trading system. FAS actively represents the interests of U.S. agriculture  in the World Trade Organization (WTO) committees on Agriculture, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Issues, and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) , as well as through coordination with international bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Plant Protection Convention, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Inter-American Board on Agriculture/Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IABA/IICA).

Data and Analysis

Taiwan reported cases of Lumpy Skin Disease in cattle on the main island of Taiwan in April 2021 and Taiwan's Council of Agriculture began a vaccination program in response.
Australia reached a partial settlement with Canada on its World Trade Organization dispute over Canadian federal and provincial wine measures.
Infographic looking at the agricultural trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The U.S. exported nearly $40 billion in agriculture to these two countries in 2018.

News and Features

The UN General Assembly has declared 2026 as the International Year of the Woman Farmer, thanks to U.S. government efforts that were spearheaded by USDA and garnered more than 100 co-sponsors.
American farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners continue to have success abroad as USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service works for U.S. agriculture.
At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), Secretary Vilsack and other USDA officials are highlighting the U.S. commitment to investing in innovative climate solutions, quantifying and demonstrating results, and sharing resources and solutions with the world.