Ag Export Coalition praises Senate farm bill draft
By Sara Wyant
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WASHINGTON, April 24 - Despite repeated attempts by some lawmakers to cut agricultural export promotion funds, the Senate Agriculture Committee's 2012 Farm Bill mark keeps funding at current levels for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. The MAP is funded at a minimum of $200 million annually and the FMD program at no less than $34.5 million.
As a result, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, are winning kudos in a letter from the Agricultural Export Coalition.
That is important, Wootton said, because foreign governments are seeking to emulate the success of MAP and FMD with their own competing programs.
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