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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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Fiscal Year 2010 QSP Allocations
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