USDA to Spend $200 Million Promoting U.S. Ag

The money will go to 67 trade organizations to promote U.S. ag overseas.

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service announced today $39 million has been allocated for 67 U.S. trade organizations to spend promoting U.S. agricultural products overseas.

These fiscal year 2006 allocations will be administered under the Foreign Agricultural Service's Market Access Program. The MAP uses funds from USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities with U.S. agricultural trade organizations, state regional groups, and cooperatives.

USDA also released a statement that allocations would be administered under three FAS programs: the Foreign Market Development cooperator program, the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops program, and the Quality Samples Program.

"Developing overseas markets is critical to American agriculture," says Johanns. "These programs support U.S. producer associations so they can tap into market opportunities. Agricultural exports support not only the food and agriculture sectors, but the economy as a whole."

The FMD Cooperator program establishes trade promotion partnerships with nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organizations; the TASC program provides funds to address export barriers for U.S. specialty crops; and the QSP supports activities to aid agricultural industries rather than individual exporters.

For more information on these programs, call the FAS Marketing Operations Staff at (202) 720-4327 or visit the FAS Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/marketdev.asp.

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