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Use of USDA Funding and Checkoff Funding for Market Development Activities in the Republic of Cuba

Resolution #2015-5-1

SUBMITTED BY: Beef and Allied Industries Committee


DATE: May 22, 2015


TITLE: Use of USDA Funding and Checkoff Funding for Market Development Activities in the Republic of Cuba


WHEREAS, The United States is reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and lifting many restrictions on trade and commerce with Cuba; and


WHEREAS, Some USMEF members have expressed an interest in taking a more active role in promoting U.S. beef, pork and lamb in Cuba; and


WHEREAS, Several USMEF member organizations support expanded agricultural trade with Cuba; and


WHEREAS, Currently, USMEF is not allowed to utilize USDA Market Access Program funding, Foreign Market Development funding, Emerging Markets funding or any checkoff funding for conducting research on the Cuban market, attending meetings with regard to trade with Cuba or responding to industry questions or media inquiries regarding Cuba,


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That USMEF encourages those organizations that support expanded trade with Cuba to advocate for the statutory and regulatory changes necessary to allow USDA program funding and checkoff funding to be used, when allowed, for market development activities, including market research and trade education, in the Republic of Cuba.