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Agriculture Press Release
Export Promotion Grants Available
TALLAHASSEE -- Applications are now being accepted for the 2001-02 Market Access Program (MAP) for U.S.-produced branded foods, beverages, seafood, pet foods and other high-value agricultural products, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced.
The program is administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA). The program provides matching funds on a 50 percent matching basis to individual companies to promote the export of high-value agricultural products marketed under brand names.
Only small businesses meeting Small Business Administration (SBA) guidelines and farm cooperatives are eligible. Processors, packers, manufacturers, distributors, export agents, wholesalers, export trading companies, or other firms interested in expanding promotion of their products in specific export markets are eligible. Eligible activities include advertising, production of promotional materials, participation in trade shows, and in-store merchandising. Funds may also be used for some travel expenses related to international trade shows. Branded foods, beverages, seafood, food supplements, pet foods and other high-value agricultural products which are of at least 50 percent U.S. agricultural origin by weight are eligible.
Applications are now being accepted on a first-come first-served basis. In addition to the 6 percent administration fee, a non-refundable application fee of $200 is required. No company will receive a grant of more than $270,000. The grant funds will be available to companies for use from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002. Information about the program is available on SUSTA’s web site at www.susta.org.
For application forms, call (850) 488-4366, or write: