The Agriculture Appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2016 has reached an important phase, which means legislators are making funding decisions regarding the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program.
MAP and FMD are important sources of funding support for the promotion of U.S. beef, pork and lamb – as well as many other U.S. agricultural products – in international markets. While congressional support for these programs is very strong, it is important to remind legislators of the critical contributions red meat exports provide for the U.S. economy and their positive impact on our balance of trade.
This week the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved a version of the FY 16 Agriculture Appropriations bill that includes full funding of $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD, as authorized by the farm bill. The House Appropriations Committee may consider the bill next week. The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and Senate Appropriations Committee are expected to hold their markup sessions in early July.
Please contact your representatives in the House and Senate, especially members of these key committees, in support of full funding for MAP and FMD. Key facts about USMEF programs and activities supported by MAP and FMD are available online. Contact Joe Schuele at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-226-7309 if you have questions or require further assistance.