Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lecture planned on global agricultural trade

Steven Beasley
Steven Beasley, a SNRAS alumnus, will give a talk on global agricultural trade and the role of the foreign agricultural service July 22 on the UAF campus.

Beasley is senior international marketing specialist in the Office of Trade Programs of the Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA, in Washington, D.C. He serves as principal liaison between the agency and six non-profit U.S. agricultural marketing associations who leverage public and private sector funds to conduct international market promotion activities.

Partnership activities between FAS and the marketing associations help maintain and expand U.S. agricultural exports which totaled $3.5 billion in 2012 for the combined groups he oversees. Prior to his current position, Beasley worked for USDA on international agricultural development projects in more than 25 countries. These projects included improving the countries' food defense capacity, supply chain management, knowledge of agricultural biotechnology and food safety. Beasley also served at the Foreign Agricultural Service as president of AFSCME Local 3976, a labor organization representing 450 civil service employees.

Beasley holds degrees in resource economics and natural resources management from UAF.

The lecture will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22 in the Murie Life Sciences Building, room 104. Parking passes at kiosks are available for a fee in the UA Museum of the North parking lot.

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