Industry Granted $1.77 Million in Export Funds


The National Renderers Association (NRA) has received $1.77 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to help expand commercial markets for U.S. rendered product exports. The fiscal year 2010 allocations were provided under FAS’ Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and Market Access Program (MAP).

NRA was one of 21 organizations that benefited from receiving a total of $34.15 million in fiscal year 2010 through the FMD program that provides cost-share assistance to nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organizations to develop and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. FMD cooperators must match a minimum of 50 percent of the funds allocated under the program. FMD funds are allocated to U.S. trade organizations with the broadest possible producer representation. NRA received $945,818 in FMD funding, comparable to previous years.

Total MAP allocation was $197 million, providing cost-share assistance to 66 nonprofit U.S. trade organizations and small-sized entities to help create, expand, and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products. MAP participants must match a minimum of 10 percent of the funds allocated under the program for the cost of generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for branded promotions. NRA funding under MAP was $824,664, similar to prior years’ allocations.


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