U.S. Wheat Associates are joining the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports in urging Farm Bill conferees to maintain funding for USDA market and export programs. Included is both the Market Access and Foreign Market Development programs. Wheat Associate’s Steve Mercer says they really help multiply the volume of the funding wheat producers put into U.S.Wheat Associates through their checkoff.
Mercer says last year both FMD and MAP had their federal funding support cut.
He says it’s critical to keep up with our foreign competitors for export markets. He says one recent European Union program just had its funding increased.
Mercer says their sister group, National Association of Wheat Growers is working with farm bill conferees in trying to complete a new farm bill that includes MAP and FMD funding.