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USDA Accepting Applications for 2010 Grant Export Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) today announced that it continues to accept FY 2010 applications for three export market development programs: the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the Quality Samples Program (QSP), and the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. New proposals will be accepted until FY2010 funding is exhausted.

These programs are designed to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities. The EMP is a market access program that provides funding for technical assistance activities intended to promote exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products to emerging markets in all geographic regions, consistent with U.S. foreign policy.   

The QSP helps U.S. organizations supply samples of U.S. commodities to potential foreign buyers and provide technical assistance regarding product quality and proper use as a means to encourage new purchases. The program supports projects that benefit whole industries rather than individual companies. When a project is finished, USDA reimburses the costs for procuring and exporting the samples.

The TASC program helps 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.

Applicants can submit a single application for all export assistance programs using the on-line Unified Export Strategy (UES). The Web-based application can be found at https://fsas.usda.gov/ues/webapp/. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply through this site. To obtain access, contact FAS’ Program Operations Staff by calling (202) 720-4327. Applications not submitted via the Internet can be hand-delivered to the following address: USDA’s Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024 or via email to podadmin@fas.usda.gov.

All applicants must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number for federal assistance prior to submitting applications. Information and numbers may be obtained by calling 1-866-705-5711.

Information on EMP, QSP and TASC is also available on the FAS Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/marketdev.asp. Questions on EMP, QSP, or TASC funding assistance should be directed to USDA’s 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 (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361 or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov.

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