(Posted Thu. May 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade. Farm Bill MAP

May 23: As part of ongoing debate over the 2013 farm bill in the Senate, Senators Coburn (R-Okla.) and McCain (R-Ariz.) filed Amendment #1007. This amendment would reduce funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program by $40 million dollars annually and place additional restrictions on use of program funds. The National Corn Growers Association, along with a broad coalition of allies, strongly opposes this amendment. Earlier this month, NCGA joined a broad group of more than 140 organizations in sending a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran in support of MAP. Stressing the importance of long-term export market development partnerships in the face of growing foreign competition, the letter urged that MAP, along with USDA’s Foreign Market Development Program, receive the same level of funding authorized in the previous farm bill. Since 2006, MAP has been funded at the level of $200 million annually. Reducing...