Foreign Agricultural Service

Foreign Agricultural Service

Foreign Agricultural Service

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The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is the foreign affairs agency with primary responsibility for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) overseas programs—market development, international trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection of statistics and market information. It also administers the USDA's export credit guarantee and food aid programs and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth. In 2003, FAS began to return to a long-abandoned role in national security. The FAS mission statement reads, "Linking U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security," and its motto is, "Linking U.S. Agriculture to the World."

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USDA posted its first employee abroad in 1882, with assignment of Edmund J. Moffat to London.Moffat's status is attested in the British diplomatic lists in London, the Official Register of the United States......
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