Foreign Agricultural Service

Mark Petry, Vice President

Welcome to the FAS page of the AFSA website. I look forward to working closely with the membership to establish priorities and set an ambitious agenda for this board's term. There is a lot of activity within the Agency that involves AFSA and our members' concerns. My number one priority is to ensure that this is a membership-driven process. While I know AFSA can't do everything, with your involvement I am confident we can make a difference.

You may e-mail me at Please feel free to get in touch with me at any time. My colleague David Mergen ( is the FAS representative on the AFSA Governing Board. We both look forward to working on behalf of our colleagues.

Please check this page frequently for recent updates and helpful links as well as general information regarding our work.

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  • To negotiate the implementation of management actions, and
  • To seek appropriate relief via the grievance system for members adversely affected by management actions.

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