The Office of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Textile Trade Affairs, led by Office Director Eric Luftman, supports and advances American agricultural interests, which are integral to the State Department’s critical global trade and food security goals. We address trade barriers to open markets for American farm products. In Fiscal Year 2013, the United States is forecasted to export $145 billion in agricultural products, which is $9.2 billion above fiscal 2012 exports, and have a trade surplus of $30 billion in our agricultural sector. We contribute to the development of effective food aid policies, promote rural development and increasing agricultural productivity through biotechnology, and handle issues within the State Department regarding textiles, including wool and cotton. We work to ensure the health and well-being of our consumers by monitoring food safety, animal health, and plant health. On food security, we bring stakeholders and policymakers together to address the needs of small scale farmers. Additionally, our office leads new agricultural technologies outreach to promote transparent, predictable, and science-based regulatory frameworks.