Export Assistance Funding Programs for Agricultural Goods Seek Applications for 2015
The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications no later than May 19 for fiscal year 2015 funding under the following agricultural export programs.
Emerging Markets Program. The EMP is designed to assist in developing, maintaining or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that improve emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing potential trade barriers in such markets. All EMP projects must fall into at least one of the following four categories.
- assistance to teams consisting primarily of U.S. individuals expert in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries
- assistance to enable individuals from emerging markets to travel to the U.S. so that they can, for the purpose of enhancing the food and rural business systems in their countries, become familiar with U.S. technology and agribusiness and rural enterprise operations by consulting with food and rural business system experts in the U.S.
- assistance to enable U.S. agricultural producers and other individuals knowledgeable in agricultural and agribusiness matters to travel to emerging markets to assist in transferring their knowledge and expertise to entities in emerging markets
- technical assistance to implement the recommendations, projects and/or opportunities identified above
All U.S. agricultural commodities except tobacco are eligible for consideration under the EMP, but products should have at least 50% U.S.-origin content by weight (exclusive of added water). Proposals seeking support for multiple commodities are also eligible. Consideration will be given only to proposals that target countries or regional groups with per capita income of less than $12,616.
Market Development Program. The Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program is designed to create, expand and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products through assistance in sharing the costs of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. All U.S. agricultural commodities except tobacco are eligible for consideration.
USDA considers whether the applicant provides a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy and a program effectiveness time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. USDA also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential.
Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops. The TASC program is designed to provide funding for projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary or technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. For TASC purposes specialty crops include all cultivated plants, or the products thereof, that are produced in the U.S. except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds, cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar and tobacco.
TASC projects should benefit the represented industry rather than a specific company or brand and must address barriers to exports of commercially-available U.S. specialty crops whose removal would predominantly benefit U.S. exports. Expenses that may be reimbursed under the TASC program include initial pre-clearance programs, export protocol and work plan support, seminars and workshops, study tours, field surveys, development of pest lists, pest and disease research, database development, reasonable logistical and administrative support, and travel and per diem expenses.