Audio: Seng Testifies Before House Ag Subcommittee on Value of Export Market Development Programs

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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is currently conducting a series of subcommittee hearings in preparation for the next farm bill. Last week the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. Highlights from Seng’s testimony are included in the attached audio report.

More details from the hearing are also available from the USMEF website, and this House Agriculture Committee news release includes remarks from Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (R-North Carolina), full witness testimony and other hearing documents. An archived webcast of the hearing is also available.