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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK ANNOUNCES $234 MILLION TO PROMOTE U.S. FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 11, 2009—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 70 U.S. trade organizations received more than $234 million in Fiscal Year 2009 to help promote American food and agricultural products overseas. Vilsack made this announcement at the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

"Agricultural trade is absolutely crucial to the U.S. economy and by providing this funding to U.S. organizations during these difficult economic times will help open new global markets for American food products," said Vilsack.

The funding announced today was allocated under the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program, both administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

The Market Access Program uses funds from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to share the costs of overseas market development and promotional activities with U.S. nonprofit agricultural trade organizations, state regional trade groups, and cooperatives. Activities conducted with MAP funding include market research, consumer promotions for retail products, technical capacity building, and seminars to educate overseas customers.

Under the FMD program, USDA’s CCC establishes a partnership with nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organizations. Funding priority is given to organizations that represent an entire industry or are nationwide in membership and scope. Program activities focus on reducing market impediments, improving the processing capabilities of importers, modifying restrictive regulatory codes and standards in foreign markets, and identifying new markets or uses for U.S. products.

For more information about FAS’s market development programs, contact the Office of Trade Programs at (202) 720-4327, or visit www.fas.usda.gov/mos/marketdev.asp

Fiscal Year 2009 MAP and FMD program allocations are:

Participant Name Allocation

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute $4,667,028

American Forest & Paper Association $10,950,712

American Peanut Council $2,474,731

American Sheep Industry Association $483,248

American Soybean Association $4,969,565

Blue Diamond Growers/Almond Board of California $2,869,947

Brewers Association, Inc. $343,653

California Agricultural Export Council $1,120,951

California Asparagus Commission $138,313

California Cherry Advisory Board $701,732

California Cling Peach Advisory Board $163,267

California Fresh Tomato Growers/Florida Tomato Committee $121,743

California Kiwifruit Commission $289,770

California Pear Advisory Board $479,327

California Pistachio Export Council/Cal-Pure Pistachios, Inc. $950,000

California Prune Board $3,499,819

California Strawberry Commission $618,693

California Table Grape Commission $3,648,818

California Tree Fruit Agreement $2,375,233

California Walnut Commission $4,604,059

Cherry Marketing Institute $268,251

Cotton Council International $20,031,257

Cranberry Marketing Committee $1,600,751

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States $187,191

Florida Department of Citrus $4,900,424

Food Export Association of the Midwest USA $11,059,831

Food Export USA Northeast $8,134,471

Ginseng Board of Wisconsin $356,876

Hawaii Papaya Industry Association $269,134

Hop Growers of America $187,692

Intertribal Agriculture Council $793,202

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture $2,711,216

National Confectioners Association $2,046,440

National Hay Association $55,000

National Honey Board $232,118

National Potato Promotion Board $4,396,371

National Renderers Association $839,022

National Sunflower Association $1,283,848

National Watermelon Promotion Board $194,528

New York Wine and Grape Foundation $322,097

Northwest Wine Promotion Coalition $952,340

Organic Trade Association $367,107

Pear Bureau Northwest $3,424,562

Pet Food Institute $1,454,177

Raisin Administrative Committee $2,905,258

Southern United States Trade Association $7,118,677

Specialty Coffee Association of Puerto Rico $55,808

Sunkist Growers, Inc $2,137,619

Texas Produce Export Association $83,086

The Catfish Institute $356,325

The Popcorn Board $226,049

U.S. Apple Export Council $861,120

U.S. Dairy Export Council $4,501,335

U.S. Dry Bean Council $1,105,285

U.S. Grains Council $8,355,155

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. $1,137,987

U.S. Meat Export Federation $15,925,470

U.S. Wheat Associates $6,303,629

USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council $883,440

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council $5,347,468

USA Rice Federation/U.S. Rice Producers Association $4,632,465

Washington Apple Commission $4,863,410

Washington State Fruit Commission $1,099,468

Welch Foods, Inc. $927,934

Western United States Agricultural Trade Association $10,782,039

Wine Institute $7,171,958

Participant Total $198,319,500

Evaluation $1,680,500

Grand total $200,000,000.00

Fiscal Year 2009 Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program Allocations

Participant Name Allocation

American Forest & Paper Association $3,336,252

American Peanut Council $634,050

American Seed Trade Association $228,499

American Sheep Industry Association $158,091

American Soybean Association $6,653,799

Cotton Council International $4,187,329

Leather Industries of America $140,165

National Hay Association $56,625

National Renderers Association $860,410

National Sunflower Association $263,372

North American Millers Association $57,511

U.S. Dairy Export Council $640,575

U.S. Dry Bean Council $131,461

U.S. Grains Council $4,730,977

U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association $144,545

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. $663,100

U.S. Meat Export Federation $1,780,090

U.S. Wheat Associates $6,658,416

USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council $176,735

USA Poultry and Egg Export Council $1,468,921

USA Rice Federation $1,529,077

Total $34,500,000

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