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USDA accepting applications for export assistance programs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is accepting applications for five export market development programs. The programs are the Market Access Program (MAP), the Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the Quality Samples Program (QSP), the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program and the Foreign Market Development Cooperator (FMD) program.

All the programs are designed to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and are administered by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. Applications for funding are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 14, 2007.

The MAP helps U.S. trade organizations and small-sized entities create, expand and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products. MAP participants must contribute a minimum of 10 percent of the cost of generic marketing and promotion activities and 50 percent for branded promotions.

The EMP assists U.S. public and private organizations in improving market opportunities for U.S. agricultural products in low- to middle-income countries with market potential. The program can be used for technical assistance, such as activities that focus on trade capacity building or addressing technical barriers to trade. The EMP has a cost-sharing requirement.

The QSP helps U.S. organizations supply samples of U.S. commodities to potential foreign buyers and provides 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.


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