WASHINGTON — Ben Boroughs of Cimarron, Kan., is one of 12 U.S. Department of Agriculture employees who were recently appointed by Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator Ken Isley to serve American agriculture around the globe as members of the Foreign Service.

The newly minted diplomats will begin their careers as agricultural attachés at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions on five continents, where they will monitor and report on global agricultural production and trade, identify export opportunities, enhance food security and support U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Boroughs has been assigned to the OOA in Buenoes Aires, Argentina.

“The FAS Foreign Service corps is the face and voice of U.S. agriculture around the world, serving at more than 90 embassies and missions covering more than 170 countries,” Isley said. “I congratulate this new crop of officers who have been through a rigorous selection and training process and proven themselves ready to take on the challenge of protecting and advancing the interests of American agriculture in an increasingly competitive global environment.”

More information about FAS and its work to advance U.S. agricultural interests around the globe is available at www.fas.usda.gov.