Agriculture and American Foreign Policy

Agriculture may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you consider America’s foreign policy, but it plays a large role, according to Daryl Brehm, the recently retired deputy administrator for foreign service operations of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

“It’s U.S. exporting, and it’s working on trade policy with other countries, international agreements, international negotiations, to make these exports possible,” Brehm said in an interview with Idaho Public Radio. “We also support international agricultural development, food security, and providing food assistance.”

Brehm explains why he thinks should pay attention to agriculture issues:

 

Brehm said that over the years he interacted with several Idaho organizations on international agricultural issues, including the Idaho Wheat Commission and the U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council.

During his career, Brehm represented U.S. agricultural trade interests at the World Trade Organization, the Codex Alimentarius of the United Nations, and the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development. He was posted in Indonesia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, South Korea, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Afghanistan.

Brehm spoke at the University of Idaho in Moscow on Wednesday, October 5th, as part of the Martin Forum series, and on Tuesday, October 4th, at the UI’s Renfrew Colloquium.

Posted October 6, 2016

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