U.S. agriculture depends on international trade. More than 20 percent of U.S. farm and food products are exported. Those exports support more than one million U.S. jobs and generate much-needed economic activity across rural America.
U.S. food and agricultural products are recognized worldwide for their quality and safety. FAS offers a range of services to assist international buyers in locating American suppliers and sourcing products.
FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity. The agency also administers food assistance programs that benefit people in need around the world.
FAS works with foreign governments, international organizations, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to establish international standards and rules to improve accountability and predictability for agricultural trade.