New Agricultural Officers Sworn Into Foreign Service

Ten newest agricultural officers sworn into the Foreign Service, from left to right: Sean Cox, Mark Wallace, Abraham Inouye, Gene Kim, Kirsten Luxbacher, Neil Mikulski, Mary Rose Parrish, Amanda Hinkle, and Ben Rau. Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Washington DC.
Ten newest agricultural officers sworn into the Foreign Service, from left to right: Sean Cox, Mark Wallace, Abraham Inouye, Gene Kim, Kirsten Luxbacher, Neil Mikulski, Mary Rose Parrish, Amanda Hinkle, and Ben Rau. Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Washington DC.

Ten employees of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) were sworn in as Foreign Service Officers during a July 13, 2016, ceremony at USDA headquarters in Washington. The new officers include one from Raleigh NC.

The new officers will begin their Foreign Service careers working as agricultural attachés at US embassies in nine countries.

“Our attaché corps serves as the eyes, ears and voice for US agriculture around the globe, monitoring and reporting on agricultural trade matters, identifying export opportunities, facilitating trade, working to enhance food security, and supporting US foreign policy objectives,” said FAS Administrator Phil Karsting. “These newly minted Foreign Service Officers have already shown they have the talent and determination to successfully carry out the FAS mission of ‘linking U.S. agriculture to the world.’ I look forward to seeing the great things they will achieve in their Foreign Service careers.”

The 10 new attachés are among approximately 140 FAS Foreign Service Officers who are posted to 93 offices at US diplomatic missions around the world, covering 171 countries.

The new FAS Foreign Service officers are:

  • Mary Rose Parrish, from Raleigh, North Carolina
    Assigned to the FAS Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sean Cox, from Excelsior, Minnesota
    Assigned to the OAA in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Amanda Hinkle, from Orchard Park, New York
    Assigned to the OAA in Seoul, South Korea
  • Abraham Inouye, from Costa Mesa, California
    Assigned to the OAA in Beijing, China
  • Gene Kim, from Duluth, Georgia
    Assigned to the OAA in Beijing, China
  • Kirsten Luxbacher, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Assigned to the OAA in Lima, Peru
  • Neil Mikulski, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Assigned to the OAA in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Ben Rau, from Rochester, Minnesota
    Assigned to the OAA in Bogota, Colombia
  • Mark Wallace, from Warsaw, Indiana
    Assigned to the OAA in New Delhi, India
  • Paul Welcher, from Arnold, Maryland
    Assigned to the OAA in Bangkok, Thailand

More information about FAS and its work is available at www.fas.usda.gov/about-fas.

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is located at 1400 Independence Avenue SW, in Washington DC.

Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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