About USDA Brazil

USDA Brazil

A The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is represented in Brazil by three offices: the Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), both located at the United States Embassy in Brasília, and the Agricultural Trade Office (ATO), located at the United States Consulate General in São Paulo.


Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA)
OAA spearheads the dialogue between the governments of Brazil and the United States in matters related to agriculture and works to make relations in this field closer.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
APHIS is responsible for the procedures regarding the sanitary and phytosanitary inspection of animal and plants for export and import.

Agricultural Trade Office (ATO)
ATO’s mission is to assist U.S. companies that export food, beverages and other agro-industrial products the Brazil market. ATO also assists for free Brazilian companies looking for U.S. products. The office offers its infra-structure to ensure that the contact between exporting U.S. companies and Brazilian importers takes place quickly and is successful.

What we Do

Among the services that are available without costs through USDA’s offices in Brazil are:

  • Commodity Reports
    Periodical supply and demand estimates of agricultural commodities, such as soy, citrus, coffee, cotton, sugar, biofuels, grains, seeds and beef, among others, with a wealth of data about the Brazilian market.
  • Sector Reports
    Highlight important data about the various food distribution sectors in Brazil. USDA Brazil develops these reports and makes them available to U.S. and Brazilian companies so they are informed of the sector’s needs and are able to follow closely the transformations of Brazil’s food distribution industry.
  • Product Briefs
    Highlight the market segments in expansion.
  • Promotional Opportunitiese
    Each year ATO makes available to the U.S. market the main trade shows related to the agriculture sector in Brazil.
  • Trade Shows in the United States
    USDA promotes the most important agriculture trade shows in the United States and, through its staff, assists Brazilian importers to attend. The aim is to help Brazilian companies find potential U.S. suppliers, thus stimulating commercial relations between the United States and Brazil.
  • Technical Visits and Training
    USDA has tools to promote technical exchange between the United States and developing countries. When something that may be preventing the evolution of a given sector is identified, USDA may use one of its programs. For more information, please contact us.



Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA)

Michael Colon Agricultural Counselor

Nicole Podesta Agricultural Attache

Joseph Degreenia Agricultural Attache

Camila Aquino Agricultural Specialist

Marcela Formiga Agricultural Specialist

Carolina Castro Agricultural Specialist

Thiemi Hayashi Agricultural Specialist

Fabiola Reis Budget Analyst

Bruno Arruda Agricultural Clerk

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Melody Maxwel Agricultural Attaché

Shelley Mehlenbacher Agricultural Attaché

Thereza Barros Agricultural Scientist

Hévila Prates Administrative Assistant

Agricultural Trade Office (ATO)

Megan Francic Agricultural Trade Office Director

Alexandre Vendemiatti Agricultural Marketing Specialist

Thiago Delgado Budget Analyst

Vandoir Silva Agricultural Clerk