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

November 15, 2022
Communications to Congress

U.S. Specialty Crops Trade Issues – 2021 Report to Congress

At the 2022 UN Climate Conference, Secretary Vilsack highlighted USDA's initiatives and investments in climate-smart agriculture, noting that global food security depends upon the ability of farmers worldwide to increase productivity while strengthening climate resilience and minimizing climate impacts.
Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh traveled to Bali Sept. 27-29 to attend the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting, making the case for joint action on food security, climate, agricultural innovation, sustainable productivity growth, and closer global integration through trade.

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