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USDA ANNOUNCES FUNDING ALLOCATIONS TO PROMOTE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS OVERSEAS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) today announced funding allocations worth more than $7 million to 41 organizations. The fiscal year 2009 allocations were provided under FAS’s Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program (TASC) and Quality Samples Program (QSP) to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities.

The TASC works to open, retain and expand markets for U.S. specialty crops. Resources are provided to address barriers, including phytosanitary or related technical restrictions that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. Specialty crops include all cultivated plants and their products produced in the United States except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar and tobacco.

The QSP helps U.S. organizations supply samples of U.S. agricultural commodities and products to potential foreign buyers to be used in technical assistance projects displaying product quality and proper use as a means to encourage new purchases. The program supports projects that benefit whole industries rather than individual companies. USDA reimburses the costs for procuring and exporting the samples.

All applications undergo a competitive review process that evaluates the quality of the proposal, its likelihood to succeed, and the applicant’s knowledge of the export market. Qualification requirements include market analysis and a justification for federal funding.

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

 

A listing of TASC and QSP funding allocations follows.

PR 0294-09

 

Fiscal Year 2009 TASC Allocations

Participant

Activity

Amount

American Seed Trade Association Characterizing pantoea isolates

82,750.00

California Grape and Tree Fruit League Technical expert assistance

250,000.00

California Tree Fruit Agreement Fumigant efficacy to Peach Twig Borer, phytotoxicity commodities, small scale tests of methyl bromide/phosphine

135,110.00

California Specialty Crops Council/Minor Crop Farmer Alliance Understanding Taiwan maximum residue limit trade barriers

18,474.00

California Olive Oil Council Data Gathering and removal of potential trade barriers for U.S. olive oil

211,790.00

California Table Grape Export Association Improved pest identification capabilities and resources for fresh fruit exports

83,004.00

Florida Citrus Packers Collection of reflectance spectra using spectrophotometer and data

296,000.00

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Management, maintenance, and expansion of the U.S.-Canada pesticide harmonization database

129,460.00

JBC International Inc. Maximum residue limit analysis

37,550.00

National Potato Promotion Board Funding market access visits to open new markets for U.S. fresh potatoes

85,241.00

North Carolina State University Host status of eggplant and pepper to the pathogen: Peronospora Tabacin

113,232.00

Northwest Horticultural Council Director General de Sanidad Vegetal inspectors visit

167,119.00

Organic Trade Association International organic trade technical resource guide – 5 year project

1,666,000.00

Pear Bureau Northwest Access to China for USA Pears: Field visits by Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine officials to USA Pear growing regions

50,000.00

Puerto Rico Coffee Export Board Coffee Berry Borer biological control program

559,365.00

U.S. Apple Export Council Mexican work plan implementation

180,000.00

U.S. Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee Canada hop MRL harmonization project

60,000.00

University of Alaska Fairbanks Field survey and sampling in China

85,000.00

University of California Postharvest Technology Research & Information Center Irradiation in the United States

10,325.00

University of Connecticut Technical assistance to nursery industry

150,000.00

Agricultural Marketing Service Quality initiative for California almonds

10,900.00

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Irradiation seminar

15,000.00

Agricultural Marketing Service Hosting the Codex apple working group

57,600.00

Center for Plant Health Science Technology Development of infrastructure and capacity for U.S. export specialty crops irradiation treatments

85,000.00

Agricultural Research Service Support for international regulatory approvals for Honey Sweet plums

250,000.00

Agricultural Research Service Evaluating the efficacy of systems approach components for the Western Cherry Fruit Fly

84,800.00

Agricultural Marketing Service Hosting an international standard application/interpretation workshop

242,000.00

TOTAL

 

$5,115,720.00

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Year 2009 QSP Allocations

Participant Market(s)

Amount

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute China

25,000.00

American Peanut Council Sub Saharan Africa

30,000.00

American Sheep Industry Association China, Eastern Europe, West Europe, India and Mexico

380,000.00

American Soybean Association Worldwide

131,250.00

California Agricultural Export Council China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam

305,000.00

California Walnut Commission China

15,000.00

Cranberry Marketing Committee Australia, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Spain, European Region

84,000.00

Ginseng Board of Wisconsin China, Japan, Taiwan

165,000.00

Hop Growers of America Worldwide

5,000.00

Mohair Council of America China, Western Europe, India, Mexico, South America, SE Asia, South Africa

206,000.00

National Potato Promotion Board Brazil, Central America, Sri Lanka, China, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Sub Saharan Africa, Thailand

445,000.00

Pear Bureau Northwest Hong Kong

11,200.00

Puerto Rican Coffee Export Board Asia

75,000.00

U.S. Grains Council Libya

28,200.00

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Asia

40,330.00

U.S. Wheat Associates Morocco, Mauritania

81,200.00

TOTAL

$2,027,180.00

   


 
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