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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the first tranche of funding under USDA's new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP), which was designed to help U.S. producers maintain and develop markets for their commodities. USDA is providing up to $300 million in funding in its first year to support eligible projects that enable exporters to break into new markets and increase market share in growth markets. Future tranches of funds will be released in future years to ensure that the focus of funding can be adapted to changing trade environments and market conditions.
RAPP funds are available to nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organizations, nonprofit State Regional Trade Groups (SRTGs), U.S. agricultural cooperatives, and State agencies that conduct approved market development activities to foster expanded exports and market diversification by encouraging the development, maintenance, and expansion of diverse commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products. RAPP awards will be generally granted for a performance period of 5 years, with an expected start of June 1, 2024, and end on September 30, 2029.
Applications are due by 5 pm ET on February 2, 2024. Additional information on RAPP is available at grants.gov.
For more information about RAPP and agribusiness trade missions, visit fas.usda.gov.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (News Release 0243.23, Nov. 30, 2023)
Looking to increase U.S. exporter presence in Southeast Asian markets, a USDA delegation led by Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor expanded existing trade ties in Malaysia and Singapore. More than 300 business-to-business meetings took place during the weeklong agribusiness trade mission in November 2023. At the same time, Taylor met with the Ministry of Agriculture of Food Security in Malaysia to discuss key topics, including biotechnology cooperation, live cattle imports into Malaysia, and the ongoing issue of HPAI, or avian flu. By the end of the Southeast Asia Trade Mission, it was evident that U.S. agricultural products have a strong and bright future in the region. Local consumers are eager to accept the high-quality products U.S. companies have to offer, and local businesses are looking at U.S. agricultural practices to bolster their domestic production, strengthening the demand for U.S. animal feed, genetics, and climate-smart agriculture practices.
Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (News Release feature, Nov. 16, 2023)
Maintaining health is a top priority for U.S. swine operators. Vaccination against disease is of the utmost importance. Hiep Vu of the University of Nebraska shares tips for designing an effective vaccination program, following a welcome from Doug Newcom of the National Swine Registry (NSR).
Dr. Martin Sieber, USLGE President and CEO, represented USLGE at the Philippines agricultural trade mission sponsored in July 2022 by USDA and led by Foreign Agricultural Service Administration Daniel Whitley. USLGE was 1 of 29 U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations to participate in the trade mission to Manila, Philippines. The Philippines is the 8th largest market for U.S. agricultural exports, averaging $3.1 billion annually during the last 5 years. Source: USLGEView Gallery
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