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MAP/FMD Funding Update

Published: Apr 12, 2013
With FY 14 budget proposals submitted this week by President Obama and previously by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), there is at least an early indication of the discussions and negotiations that will be taking place in the coming weeks and months surrounding USDA funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. Together, MAP and FMD comprise just over half of the funding behind USMEF’s efforts to support and expand U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports.

The Obama budget calls for full funding of $200 million for MAP for FY 14. The FMD program is not specifically mentioned in the budget since it totals less than $50 million, but it reportedly is expected to be fully funded as well.

The Ryan budget proposal does not single out MAP or FMD for either funding or reduction, but it calls for steep spending cuts ($4.6 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years). If those cuts are incorporated into the final, compromise budget, how they will be funded will be part of the negotiation.

USMEF will continue to provide updates on the status of the budget proposals as they move through the Senate and House committees. USMEF members are encouraged to share their views on the importance of maintaining full funding for the MAP and FMD programs that support red meat exports with their elected representatives before the budgets are brought for a final vote.