USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS)

The USDA has offices in Nicaragua for the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), both located at the Embassy in Managua.

The Foreign Agricultural Service

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to promote foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.  The Managua office works closely with the government and private sector to ensure proper administration of the Food for Progress / Food for Education Programs and reduce barriers to trade while monitoring implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement / Dominican Republic (CAFTA/DR).

Contact us:

Tel. (505) 2252-7100, ext. 7621 and 7153
Information on programs can be also obtained at


  • Stephen Huete
    Regional Office of Agricultural Affairs
    San José, Costa Rica

Steve Huete is the agency head for FAS operations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.

  • Kelly A. Stange
    Agricultural Attaché
    Regional Office of Agricultural Affairs
    San José, Costa Rica

Kelly Stange is the Agricultural Attaché, residing in San Jose, Costa Rica, covering Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panamá. Ms. Stange’s time is divided among monitoring and enforcing trade agreements, supporting market promotion activities and trade missions, overseeing trade capacity building activities, and providing business assistance to US exporters. Previously she served in Brussels, Belgium at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. Ms. Stange has worked for FAS since 2002.

  • Jimmy Bolaños
    Agricultural Specialist
    Regional Office of Agricultural Affairs
    Managua, Nicaragua

Jimmy Bolaños is the Agricultural Specialist. He recommends strategic and tactical approaches to trade policy issues between the U.S. and Nicaragua.  Mr. Bolaños also plans, directs and participates in the full range of program administration, economic analysis, reporting, trade promotion, technical exchange and food aid assistance in Nicaragua.  Mr. Bolaños also works cooperatively in coordination with colleagues in Central America on regional matters.

Regional Offices