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The Food and Agriculture Export Alliance (FAEA) was created in May 2004 to achieve greater cooperation and effectiveness in market access among meat, poultry, dairy, feed grains and soybean organizations and private sector agriculture input providers. The broad goal of FAEA is to enhance cooperation among those agriculture sectors in developing food and agriculture export markets through reduced Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) constraints for the benefit of the U.S. grains, oilseeds and livestock sectors.


The FAEA mission is to advance international food and feed safety laws and regulations in accordance with science-based international standards.  FAEA has identified non-tariff barriers, especially those related to food and feed safety, as an area of common concern to its stakeholders (e.g., Codex Alimentarius Commission recommendations and standards). Non-tariff trade barriers are an area that has become increasingly important as other forms of trade constraints are being eliminated through multi-party trade agreements or bilateral negotiations.


FAEA is unique in its membership, combining resources of a diverse group of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) participants, commodity groups, and private sector organizations that focus on food and feed safety goals through collective efforts. The FAEA activities have defined a new direction in cooperation among key components of U.S. agriculture. Collectively, FAEA members represent approximately 42% of U.S. agricultural exports. The application of non-scientific barriers to trade by foreign governments is common to all the products represented by FAEA members.


The current members of the FAEA include:


MAP Participants

  • U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC)

  • U.S. Grains Council (USGC)

  • USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)

  • U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)

Commodity Groups

  • National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

  • North American Meat Institute (NAMI)

Private Sector Input Providers

  • Elanco

  • Merck Animal Health


FAEA activities are funded through a combination of FAEA membership funds and USDA’s Market Access Program as a Global Based Initiative (GBI).  FAEA’s GBI is submitted on an annual basis via the USGC’s Unified Export Strategy (UES).

Kent D. Sisson

Executive Director

Food and Agriculture Export Alliance

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