Hiram Larew is currently serving as a short term Agricultural Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. He is Director of the International Programs office in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service where he guides the Agency's international research, extension and education programs in close collaboration with colleagues from U.S. Land Grant colleges and universities. Before moving to USDA, he served as a policy liaison to the U.S. higher education community for the US Agency for International Development. During his tenure at USAID, he also developed some of the Agency's early integrated pest management activities, contributed to a strategy for USAID's research portfolio, and helped to raise awareness of disability issues overseas. He started his career as a research entomologist with USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD where he studied neem seed extract as an insecticide and fungicide. His degrees are in horticulture (B.S. from the University of Georgia), and botany and entomology (M.S. and Ph.D. Oregon State University, respectively).