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USDA Announces Funding Allocations to Promote Food and Agricultural Products Overseas

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) today announced funding allocations worth nearly $11 million for 96 activities under three market development programs. The fiscal year 2010 allocations were provided under FAS’s Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program (TASC), Quality Samples Program (QSP) and Emerging Markets Program (EMP) to help expand commercial markets for U.S. agricultural exports.

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, 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.

The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that improve food and rural business systems in emerging markets. For example, the program may be used to support technical assistance that focus on trade capacity building.

Funding remains available for all three programs and additional applications are encouraged. Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024; or by phone at (202) 720-4327, fax at (202) 720-9361, or e-mail at podadmin@fas.usda.gov.

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, visit www.fas.usda.gov/mos/marketdev.asp.

A list of TASC and QSP funding allocations follow. A list of EMP projects and program allocations can be found online at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/FY2010allocations.pdf.

 

 

Fiscal Year 2010 TASC Allocations

Participant

Activity

Amount

Almond Board of California Educational Seminars and Visits to USDA-Approved Laboratories That Perform Aflatoxin Analysis

$24,750

Agricultural Research Service Classical Biological Control of the Invasive White Peach Scale on Papaya in Hawaii

$50,000

Agricultural Research Service Phosphine Fumigation Treatment for Postharvest Insect Control on Lettuce

$20,910

Agricultural Research Service Evaluating the Efficacy of Systems Approach Components for the Western Cherry Fruit Fly

$84,800

Bryant Christie, Inc. Maximum Residue Level Database Funding for Specialty Crops

$225,662

California Citrus Quality Council On-Site Inspections by the Korean Plant Quarantine Service for the Orange Export Program

$124,562

California Fig Advisory Board Develop Data on Potassium Sorbate Treatment on High Moisture Figs to Provide to the Japanese

$100,000

California Grape and Tree Fruit League Develop Efficacy Data through a Systems Approach for Peach Twig Borer for U.S. Stone Fruit to Australia

$45,388

California Specialty Crops Council Global Maximum Residue Levels: Engaging Specialty Crops in Priority Setting, Planning and Compliance

$98,000

California Strawberry Commission Spotted Wing Drosophila Impacts on Strawberry Exports

$46,989

California Walnut Commission Develop Technical Material for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on the International Standard for Walnut Kernels

$66,836

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association Management, Maintenance and Expansion of the U.S.- Canada Pesticide Harmonization Database

$389,464

Georgia Peach Council and

South Carolina Peach Council

Export of Fresh, Systems-Protected Georgia And South Carolina Peaches To Mexico

$240,000

Indian River Citrus League Develop Postharvest Handling Practices To Assure Canker-Free Fresh Citrus Fruit

$200,000

Northwest Horticultural Council Study Potential Health Effects Associated with the Use of Wax Coatings on Produce

$14,000

 

Northwest Horticultural Council

 

Initiate A Process to Eliminate, Modify or Suggest Alternatives to the Methyl Bromide Fumigation Requirement for the Export of Northwest Cherries to India

 

 

 

 

$13,310

Rutgers University, IR-4 Project Take Action to Facilitate Global Maximum Residue Levels for Priority Uses on Specialty Crops

$627,199

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Develop an Electronic Identification Resource to Support Trade in California Table Grapes

$133, 907

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine Center for Plant Health Science and Technology Develop Irradiation and Accountability Database for Exported Products

$165,000

Washington State Department of Agriculture Work to Establish a Japanese Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) For Bifenezate in Red Raspberries Equivalent to the United States

$38,000

TOTAL

 

$2,708,777

 

Fiscal Year 2010 QSP Allocations

Participant Market(s)

Amount

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute China

$28,000

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

$365,000

American Soybean Association Ghana and Palestinian Territories

$47,000

California Agricultural Export Council China

$150,000

California Walnut Commission China

$25,000

Cranberry Marketing Committee Austria, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland

$72,000

Ginseng Board of Wisconsin China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan

$170,000

Hop Growers of America Brazil, China, Germany, Russia

$5,000

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

$225,000

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

$440,000

U.S. Grains Council Egypt

$32,100

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Russia

$64,100

U.S. Wheat Associates Morocco

$66,740

TOTAL

$1,689,940

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