National Trade Director for Grain, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Mr. Galasso is an agriculturalist responsible for U.S.
Government plant health policy relating to international trade in grain,
including cereals, pulses and oilseeds, since 2008. He also represents U.S. interests to the
North American Plant Protection Organization and the International Plant
Protection Convention (FAO). His duties
focus on promoting safe trade in grains through extensive collaboration with
industry, researchers, foreign government agencies, and international plant
He previously served as the Regional Vice President, Europe
and North Africa for the trade association US Wheat Associates (USW), posted in
The Hague, Netherlands from 2004-08. He
also served as the USW Regional Director in North Africa, based in Casablanca,
Morocco from 1995-2004, and Assistant Regional Director for South America, based
in Santiago, Chile from 1991-1995. Prior
to USW, Mr. Galasso was an agricultural economist with the Foreign Agricultural
Service, USDA in Washington, DC from 1988-1991, and worked as a Peace Corps
agricultural economist in the Marketing and Credit Division of the Jamaican
Ministry of Agriculture, based in Kingston from1985-87.
Mr. Galasso has a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Geology from the University of Delaware and holds a Master's degree from Michigan State University in Agricultural Economics. At UD he undertook research correlating LandSat digital imaging with prehistoric artifact distribution in the Murderkill, Mispillion and St. Jones watersheds of Delaware.