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JOHANNS ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION TO PROMOTE U.S. FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS OVERSEAS

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2007—Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced fiscal year 2007 allocations of $100 million to 67 U.S. trade organizations to promote U.S. agricultural products overseas.

"USDA supports efforts to help our farmers and ranchers gain access to growing global markets," said Johanns. "The fact that we are on track to sell a record $77 billion of U.S. agricultural products to overseas markets this year highlights the importance of the Market Access Program to help U.S. exporters reach new customers around the world."

Under the MAP, USDA uses Commodity Credit Corporation funds to enter into agreements with U.S. agricultural trade organizations, state regional groups, and cooperatives to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities.

MAP is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Program applicants undergo a competitive review process based on weighted criteria, such as the degree to which the applicant contributes resources to the program, historic export performance, projected export goals, and accuracy of past export goals. The MAP recently eliminated multi-year funding in order to improve program efficiency and to align program years with fiscal years.

For more information on the MAP, contact the FAS’ Office of Trade Programs staff at (202) 720-4327, or visit the FAS web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/map.asp

Fiscal year 2007 allocations are attached.

Market Access Program Allocations

Initial FY 2007 Allocations

Recipients

Amount

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

$3,000,449

American Forest & Paper Association

$4,211,156

American Peanut Council

$870,532

American Seed Trade Association

$48,765

American Sheep Industry Association

$228,746

American Soybean Association

$4,113,363

Blue Diamond Growers/Almond Board of California

$1,065,425

Brewers Association

$74,580

California Agricultural Export Council/Western Growers Assoc.

$588,106

California Asparagus Commission

$139,325

California Cherry Advisory Board

$218,618

California Cling Peach Board

$438,771

California Dried Plum Board

$1,802,437

California Fresh Tomato Growers/Florida Tomato Committee

$805,593

California Kiwifruit Commission

$95,355

California Pear Advisory Board

$151,406

California Pistachio Commission

$1,003,723

California Strawberry Commission

$429,986

California Table Grape Commission

$1,490,467

California Tree Fruit Agreement

$906,428

California Walnut Commission

$1,666,455

Cherry Marketing Institute

$149,809

Cotton Council International

$12,774,014

Cranberry Marketing Committee

$589,126

Distilled Spirits Council

$41,267

Florida Department of Citrus

$4,771,178

Food Export Association of the Midwest USA

$4,016,104

Food Export USA Northeast

$3,349,278

Ginseng Board of Wisconsin

$52,670

Hawaii Papaya Industry Association

$48,437

Hop Growers of America

$48,286

Intertribal Agriculture Council

$280,248

Mohair Council of America

$79,160

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

$1,375,007

National Confectioners Association

$ 805,124

National Honey Board

$72,030

National Renderers Association

$320,401

National Sunflower Association

$489,411

National Watermelon Promotion Board

$ 92,617

New York Wine and Grape Foundation

$111,120

Northwest Wine Coalition

$279,618

Organic Trade Association

$143,500

Pear Bureau Northwest

$1,756,721

Pet Food Institute

$533,957

Raisin Administrative Committee

$1,924,266

Southern United States Trade Association

$3,857,865

Sunkist Growers, Inc.

$1,725,828

Texas Produce Export Association

$87,562

The Catfish Institute

$161,035

The Popcorn Board

$162,336

United States Potato Board

$3,272,023

U.S. Apple Export Council

$441,265

U.S. Dairy Export Council

$1,798,855

U.S. Dry Bean Council

$433,433

U.S. Grains Council

$3,312,575

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

$52,098

U.S. Livestock Genetics, Inc.

$542,195

U.S. Meat Export Federation

$6,226,850

U.S. Wheat Associates

$1,974,333

USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council

$351,787

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council

$2,047,430

USA Rice Federation/U.S. Rice Producers Association

$1,651,726

Washington Apple Commission

$2,825,848

Washington State Fruit Commission

$378,165

Welch's Food

$337,561

Western United States Agricultural Trade Association

$5,343,843

Wine Institute

$4,562,352

Reserve

$1,000,000

TOTAL

$100,000,000

 

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Release No. 0004.07
FAS PR 0004-07

Contact:  Keith Williams (202) 720-4623



 
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