Glossary of Acronyms

AAMPAmerican Association of Meat Processors
ABCAmerican Beef Club
AFBFAmerican Farm Bureau Federation
AMIAmerican Meat Institute
AMSAgricultural Marketing Service (USDA)
AMSAAmerican Meat Science Association
APHISAnimal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)
ARAuthorization Request (authorizing spending of beef checkoff funds)
ASAAmerican Soybean Association
ASEANAssociation of South East Asian Nations
ASIAmerican Sheep Industry Association
ATOAgricultural Trade Office
AVAAmerican Veal Association
BIFSCoBeef Industry Food Safety Council
BSEBovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
CAPCommon Agricultural Policy – “EU”
CARICOMCaribbean Common Market
CBBCattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board
CBTChicago Board of Trade
CCCCommodity Credit Corporation
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
CEECsCentral and Eastern European Countries
CISCommonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet Union)
CJD, vCJDCreutzfeldt-Jakob disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
CMEChicago Mercantile Exchange
EUEuropean Union
EEPExport Enhancement Program
EMOEmerging Markets Office – Division of FAS
ERSEconomic Research Service of USDA
FAOForeign Agricultural Organization
FASForeign Agricultural Service (USDA)
FDAU.S. Food & Drug Administration
FMD*Foreign Market Development Program
FMD*Foot-and-Mouth Disease
FMIFood Marketing Institute
FSISFood Safety and Inspection Service (USDA)
FTAAFree Trade Area of the Americas
FTRFederal Travel Regulations
FSUFormer Soviet Union
FTAFree Trade Agreement
GAOGeneral Accounting Office
GISGulf Independent States
GMOGenetically Modified Organism
HACCPHazard Analysis Critical Control Points
HRIHotel, Restaurant, Institutional
HS CodeHarmonized Code (Universal numbering system for imports and exports)
IASIowa Soybean Association
ILCInternational Livestock Congress
ILSIllinois Soybean Association
JETROJapanese External Trade Organization
LIPCLivestock Industry Promotion Corporation
LPMOLivestock Products Marketing Organization (Korea)
MAFMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry (Korea, New Zealand and others)
MAFF*Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (Japan)
MAFF*Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (UK)
MAPMarket Access Program
MEGMeat Export Guarantee
MERCMeat Education and Research Center
MERCOSURSouth American Free Trade Agreement
MICAMeat Importers Council of America
MLAMeat and Livestock Australia (Australia’s USMEF)
MTMetric Ton (2,204.6 lbs.)
MTNMulti Trade Negotiations of the GATT
NAFBNational Association of Farm Broadcasters
NAFTANorth American Free Trade Agreement
NAMPNorth American Meat Processors Association
NASDANational Association of State Departments of Agriculture
NCBANational Cattlemen’s Beef Association
NCGANational Corn Growers Association
NGONon-Government Organization
NMANational Meat Association
NPBNational Pork Board
NPPCNational Pork Producers Council
NRA*National Renderers Association
NRA*National Restaurant Association
OIEOffice International Des Epizooties (World Organization for Animal Health)
OMBOffice of Management and Budget
POPurchase Order (authorizing spending of pork checkoff funds)
PNTRPermanent Normal Trade Relations
POS/POPPoint of Sale/Point of Purchase
PRPublic Relations
QSPQuality Samples Program
SAGARPASecretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Mexico
SPSSanitary and Phytosanitary
SRMSpecific Risk Material
TBCTexas Beef Council
TBTTechnical Barriers to Trade
TPATrade Promotion Authority
TPC or 3PCThird Party Cooperator
TQMTotal Quality Marketing, USMEF usage
TRQTariff Rate Quota
UAEUnited Arab Emirates
UESUnified Export Strategy
UKUnited Kingdom
USAEDCU.S. Agricultural Export Development Council
USAPEECU.S. Poultry & Egg Export Council
USBUnited Soybean Board
USDAU.S. Department of Agriculture
USMEFU.S. Meat Export Federation
USTRU.S. Trade Representative
VLVariable Levy
WUSATAWestern U. S. Agricultural Trade Association
WTOWorld Trade Organization
3PC OR TPCThird Party Cooperator
* NOTE:Acronyms marked with an ‘*’ have more than one definition.