Wednesday, June 12, 2024

USDA awards $300M in grants to assist in export marketing

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff ebobenhausen@poultrytimes.com

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA is awarding 66 agriculture associations $300 million as part of the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). The purpose of RAPP is to grow the demand for American food and food exports around the world.

The program was established in October 2023. Vilsack authorized $1.2 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation which aided United States’ exporters highlighting regions such as Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Buyer demand and purchasing power are increasing in these areas.

“USDA and the entire Biden-Harris Administration are focused on creating. . .

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