Global Careers in the Foreign Agricultural Service

Thursday, February 16, 2023
8:00 - 9:00am CT

Global Careers in the Foreign Agricultural Service

Interested in global food security, promoting U.S. agriculture exports, or helping developing countries build their capacity to trade? The U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) does all of this and more. Learn about the variety of jobs in the FAS, what working there is like, and how to pursue a career there. This event is presented in cooperation with the CASNR Global Learning Hub.

8:00-9:00am, pastries and coffee provided

Arbor Suite, East Campus Union

Jim Suits at a podium.

Jim Suits

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

Jim Suits is a Project Management Officer in USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). In his role, he supports USDA’s trade capacity building programs by advising on and enabling best practices of project management; and acts as a senior advisor to an annual programming portfolio of several hundred million dollars, including streamlining procedures, and figuring out how best to employ the entire toolbox to fulfill a constantly-shifting mandate. He previously worked as a front-line project manager on a variety of initiatives relating to agricultural statistics, and monitoring and evaluation of program activities in emerging market countries. Originally from a small town in Upper Michigan, 98 miles from the nearest Starbucks, he has degrees from the University of Michigan, Colorado State University, and George Mason University, is certified in project management, contracts management, and grants management, speaks four languages, and has conducted fieldwork in 24 states and 20 foreign countries.