Offices and Departments
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) represents the interests of U.S. industry and farmers, and globally monitors developments related to the food and agricultural sector. FAS promotes U.S. food and agricultural products, and in this regard collects, analyzes and disseminates information regarding supply, demand and trade trends; identifies emerging market opportunities; promotes market access; builds new markets; supports the competitive position of U.S. agriculture; carries out food aid and market related technical assistance programs; and operates import and export programs.
Around the world, FAS is responsible for a variety of programs which facilitate the sale and marketing of U.S. agricultural products. Programs range from the Public Law 480, Title I food aid program to more commercial programs such as the GSM 102, Supplier and Facilities Credit Guarantee Programs. These programs promote sales of bulk and high value commodities and provide credit guarantees for infrastructure and equipment to be used in the handling/marketing of U.S. products.
The Kingston FAS office prepares spot and scheduled reporting, market briefs on specific commodities, market trends and opportunities reports, an exporter guide and reports on the supermarket, food service and food processing sectors. As part of our trade servicing activities, the office provides technical information on local market requirements and general market information to U.S. suppliers. Other trade servicing activities include assistance in sourcing commodities through the online U.S. supplies list, trade leads, buyer alert, trade directories and trade show promotion. In addition, we offer training to Jamaicans in the United States through our Cochran and Borlaugh programs. Our FAS office actively recruits participants to attend major agriculture and food related trade shows, has facilitated reverse trade shows, and has assisted with coordinating international agriculture conferences.
To enhance promotion of U.S. products and to provide technical assistance to Jamaica, the Kingston FAS office works closely with regional agricultural trade groups, state departments of agriculture and cooperatives, U.S. Wheat Associates, American Soybean Association, U.S. Meat Export Federation, the Grains Council, Southern Forest Products Association/American Plywood Association, and various other agriculture-related entities.
Regional Agricultural Attaché - Ms. Margie Baurer (resident in Santo Domingo)
Agricultural Specialist - Courtland Grant