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USDA Announces MAP Improvements


USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced changes to the Market Access Program (MAP) that will streamline its requirements to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.  Changes announced include:

·         Streamlining application and planning requirements under FAS’ Unified Export Strategy;

·         Specifying the types of activities eligible for reimbursement under the program;

·         Documenting operational procedures for MAP projects promoting branded products;

·         Requiring program participants to establish fraud prevention programs;

·         Revising processes for evaluation, contracting, compliance review and appeals.       

The MAP program helps non-profit U.S. agricultural trade associations, farmer cooperatives, non-profit state-regional trade groups and small businesses promote U.S. agricultural commodities and products overseas.  The program will need to be reauthorized in the farm bill.

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