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Texas Agriculture Archive

July 2, 2004

FAS promotes food exports

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced fiscal year 2004 allocations totaling $161,267,500 to 71 U.S. trade organizations to promote U.S. agricultural products overseas under the Foreign Agricultural Service's Market Access Program, Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program and Quality Samples Program.

Activities conducted with MAP funding include consumer promotions for retail products, seminars and workshops to educate overseas customers about agricultural biotechnology and food safety, training and assistance to foreign processors and manufacturers on the use of U.S. product ingredients and market research.

Under the FMD Cooperator program, USDA establishes a trade promotion partnership with nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organizations. QSP funds help create export sales by promoting awareness of U.S. agricultural products among new foreign buyers.