Ag Groups Support Export Programs

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

May 16, 2014

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Ag Groups Support Export Programs

Over 140 agricultural organizations are urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to support and maintain full funding for USDA’s vital export programs, the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP). 

In a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations leadership, the members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports said that “Exports are a vital part of the U.S. economic engine, and agricultural exports continue to be among its strongest components.” 

A study by HIS Global Insight, commissioned by USDA, found that for every additional $1 expended by government and industry on the FMD and MAP programs resulted in an additional $35 in agricultural exports, a 35 to 1 return on investment. 

U.S. agricultural exports are estimated to reach $142.6 billion this fiscal year.  Organizations signing the letter included the American Meat Institute, American Soybean Associations, Dairy Farmers of America, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Pork Producers Council, and USA Rice Federation. 

The FMD and MAP programs were reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. 



About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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