Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA Moscow). USDA (United Sates Department of Agriculture) has both, an agricultural affairs office and agricultural trade office, at the American Embassy in Moscow.

FAS (Foreign Agricultural Services) coordinates and directs USDA's responsibilities in international trade negotiations, working closely with the U.S. Trade Representative's office. Trade policy experts at FAS help identify—and work to reduce—foreign trade barriers and other practices and policies that hinder U.S. agricultural exports. FAS is the enquiry point for World Trade Organization (WTO) sanitary and phytosanitary issues and technical barriers to trade. As such, the agency serves as the official conduit for notifications and comments about these measures. On these pages you can learn about how to follow Russian law and regulations on exporting U.S. products to Russia.

The agricultural affairs office of the American Embassy in Moscow represents the interests of American agriculture and agribusiness in Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Georgia. Activities of the office include market research and analysis, market development, and market access. As an office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture abroad, it serves as the "eyes and ears" of the United States Secretary of Agriculture and is the Secretary's formal liaison with the Ministers of Agriculture in all four countries. As an office of the American Embassy, it serves as the rural "eyes and ears" of the American Ambassadors in Moscow, Yerevan, Minsk and Tbilisi. USDA programs in these four countries of responsibility include food aid, export credits, technical assistance, technical exchanges, and scientific cooperation. In particular, USDA agencies are deeply engaged in joint research and cooperative programs in forestry, statistics, and genetics.

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