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Ag Export Coalition Welcomes New Funding, Looks Long-Term to Growing Permanent Investments

October 23, 2023

Washington, D.C. -- Members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are grateful to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for releasing $1.39 billion in funding for the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) and to Sens. Stabenow and Boozman for requesting the new funding for export market development.  “We will invest the RAPP funds to reclaim lost ground in the near-term and continue to look for ways to provide our members with the additional long-term resources,” said Coalition Chair Robbie Minnich.

Ag Groups Say Market Promotion Aid Pays Off, But is Underfunded

March 29, 2023

This article is reposted with permission from Agri-Pulse, the nation's leading provider of farm policy information. For a free month-long trial, click here. In a period when inflation has raised the cost of everything from fertilizers to shipping, groups representing agricultural producers and processors are calling for increased funding for two proven and long-standing export programs. The groups have asked Congress to double the funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program, both of which have been operating at the same funding level for nearly 20 years even as demand for funding has increased. According to USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor, requests for MAP and FMD monies have far exceeded current funding.

Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports Applauds Introduction of the Expanding Agricultural Exports Act, Doubling Investments in Agricultural Export Programs 

 February 1, 2023 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports applauds Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Jim Costa (D-CA-21), Tracey Mann (R-KS-01), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-19), Ashley Hinson (R-IA-02), Kim Schrier (D-WA-08), Brad Finstad (R-MN-01), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) for re-introducing the Expanding Agricultural Exports Act (EAEA) of 2023. 

Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports Applauds Introduction of the SMART Act, Doubling Investments in Agricultural Export Programs

NOVEMBER 2022 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports applauds Representatives Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Tracey Mann (R-KS-01), Cindy Axne (D-IA-03), Ashley Hinson (R-IA-01), and Kim Schrier (D-WA-08) for introducing the Supporting Market Access to Reinvigorate Trade Act of 2022 (SMART Act), which would double funding for USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. Both programs are critical to expanding global market access for U.S. produced agricultural exports.

Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports Applauds Introduction of CREAATE, Doubling Investments in Agricultural Export Programs

SEPTEMBER 2022 

The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports applauds Senators Angus King (I-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for introducing the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act of 2022, which would double funding for USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program.

Agricultural Export Programs Offer Excellent Returns, Deserve Continued Funding

MAY 2022 

The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports welcomes the results of a recent econometric study indicating that public-private U.S. agricultural export market development programs remain highly effective and generate a substantial return on investment.

Letters to U.S. House And Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Leadership

APRIL 2022 

Asking the Subcommittees to maintain funding in FY 2023. Specifically, requested at least $200 million for the Market Access Program (MAP) and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. These modest investments, paired with full private-sector cost share, are invaluable as we race to reclaim global export markets shut off during the pandemic and diversify markets amid war and geopolitical unrest. Download the letters.

Farm Exports: A Starring Role In U.S. Agriculture's Profitability
AGRI-PULSE APRIL 2018

The first in a series of Agri-Pulse in-depth stories, “Export or Bust,” dealing with the challenges and opportunities for U.S. agriculture when it comes to selling more commodities and value-added products to overseas customers.

Study Shows Foreign Competitors Increase Investment In Developing Ag Exports While U.S. Lags Behind
NEWS RELEASE FEBRUARY 2018

The latest analysis of foreign export promotion program investment shows that several competing countries and the European Union spent close to $1 billion in public funds on agricultural export promotion in 2016, outspending the United States 4 to 1. That is an increase of 70 percent in real competitive public spending since 2011.

Coalitions Support The Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate
NEWS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2017

Members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development welcome and strongly support passage of S. 1839, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, introduced in September 2017 by Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).

Research Studies

Update of Previous 2016 “Economic Impact of USDA Market Development Programs” Study
FULL STUDY | MAY 2022

This study measures the economic impact of USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and industry market promotion contributions on U.S. agricultural exports and the broader effects on the farm economy and the overall economy. The study also includes the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program in the future funding analysis. Download the report.

Economic Impact of USDA Export Market Development Programs
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | SEPTEMBER 2016

This study by Informa Economics (now IHS Markit) measured the economic impact of USDA’s Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) and Market Access Program (MAP) and industry market promotion contributions on U.S. agricultural exports and the broader effects on the farm economy and the overall macro economy. Download the report.

Tools to Talk About MAP/FMD


Farm Bill Reauthorization

COALITION PRIORITY

To bolster U.S. international market development efforts, boost U.S. agricultural exports and help U.S. agriculture and related rural American businesses prosper, the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports strongly believes that Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program funding should be increased.

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IMAGES AND POST COPY ON 2022 PROGRAM STUDY

Share news about the results of the new econometric study using graphic and post copy you can customize for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Economic Impact of USDA Export Market Development Programs

INFOGRAPHIC MAY 2022

Analysis shows USDA market development programs significantly increase export revenue, farm profits and job growth. Download the infographic.

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