The FAS mission statement reads, “Linking U. In 1894, USDA created a Section of Foreign Markets drafting and negotiating international commercial contracts pdf its Division of Statistics, which by 1901 numbered seven employees.
Roster of the Section of Foreign Markets in 1901. It was succeeded over the next few decades by increasingly larger units. General on the roster of the Department of State at London. Subsequent USDA officials assigned overseas, however, did not enjoy diplomatic or consular status.
This impeded their work, which at that point consisted mainly of collecting, analyzing, and transmitting to Washington time-sensitive market information on agricultural commodities. 1922 telegram from agricultural commissioner at London to USDA headquarters. Hoover, however, eventually supported the legislation in order to garner support of the farm bloc during his presidential campaign. The law stipulated that the FAS consist of overseas USDA officials. In Washington, Hobson hired Lazar Volin, a Russian émigré, as the agency’s first D. Cover art for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics weekly circular in the 1930s. Foreign Agricultural Service Division, and thus began the FAS’s role in formulation and implementation of international trade policy.