APHIS Overseas: On the Frontline for U.S. Agricultural Health.
Want to make a difference for U.S. agriculture? Join the Foreign Service!
We build and manage sustainable programs that keep harmful pests from spreading.
We help ensure the free flow of agricultural trade.
We help foreign governments build capacity to control, manage, and eradicate pests and diseases.
International Services is the overseas arm of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Our Foreign Service Officers and staff work in 27 countries worldwide to carry out APHIS’ mission on the global stage. Our in-country presence, technical expertise, and skilled diplomacy give America unmatched advantage, access, and trust abroad to protect and promote U.S. agricultural health.
Who We Are
Our highly specialized team members are animal and plant health experts and trained diplomats. We build and maintain relationships at the highest levels of government in the countries where we work. These relationships are the foundation for all of APHIS’ work overseas, keeping agriculture healthy and trade markets open—which helps the U.S. and global economies thrive.
What We Do
We help foreign government officials and industries:
- Build capacity to control, manage, and eradicate certain pests and diseases;
- Establish and manage sustainable animal and plant health programs; and
- Address plant and animal health trade barriers that could limit U.S. access to foreign markets.
On any given day, we may train foreign government officials on how to prevent plant pests and animal diseases, make sure commodities like fresh fruits and vegetables are safe to import into the United States; negotiate the release of U.S. commodity shipments held at foreign ports; give technical input on animal and health matters to retain valuable trade markets; and much more.
Day in and day out, our work makes a difference for U.S. producers, industries, and consumers.