May 25, 2007
May 25, 2007 - Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Gordon Smith (Ore.) are circulating a letter in the U.S. Senate expressing their support for the reauthorization and expansion of the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMA) program to $325 million and $50 million, respectively, in the new Farm Bill.
"The MAP and FMD programs effectively leverage public and private resources to invest in activities that overcome trade barriers, establish and build export markets overseas and increase farmer profitability," the drafters of the letter stated.
This request increases MAP funding from $200 million up to $325 million and FMD funds from $34.5 million to $50 million.
The American Sheep Industry Association utilized these funds to promote sheep industry products overseas.