Over 140 agricultural groups have sent a letter to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee urging strong support for USDA’s trade promotion programs, the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and the Market Access Program (MAP).  The groups are urging the programs be fully funded at current levels of $34.5 million for FMD and $200 million for MAP.

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 The groups said, “MAP and FMD have been tremendously successful and extremely cost-effective in helping maintain and expand U.S. agricultural exports, protect and create American jobs, strengthen farm income and help to offset the government-supported advantages afforded foreign competitors.”   Those signing the letter included the American Feed Industry Association, American Soybean Association, Livestock Exporters Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Chicken Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, and U.S. Meat Export Federation.  

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