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USDA Funds Overseas Programs In November 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded $200 million to more than 70 US agricultural groups to help expand export markets for US farm and food products through the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program. Under MAP, FAS will provide $173.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding to 70 nonprofit organizaƟons and cooperaƟves, of which the NaƟonal Renderers AssociaƟon (NRA) will receive just over $1 million. OrganizaƟons use the funds to help US agricultural producers promote their products to consumers around the globe through acƟviƟes such as market research, technical assistance, and support for parƟcipaƟon in trade fairs and exhibits. MAP parƟcipants contribute an average 137 percent match for generic markeƟng and promoƟon acƟviƟes and a dollar-for-dollar match for promoƟon of branded products by small businesses and cooperaƟves. Under FMD, FAS will allocate $26.6 million in FY 2017 to 26 trade groups that represent US agricultural producers, of which NRA will receive $685,700. FMD focuses on generic promoƟon of US commodiƟes rather than branded products, and preference is given to organizaƟons that represent an enƟre industry or are naƟonwide in membership and scope. The trade groups, which contribute an average 130 percent cost share, conduct acƟviƟes that help maintain or increase demand for US agricultural commodiƟes overseas. A new study conducted by noted land grant university economists shows that MAP and FMD contributed $309 billion to farm export revenue between 1977 and 2014, an average of $8.2 billion per year. From 2002 through 2014, the programs boosted average annual farm cash income by $2.1 billion, annual US economic output by $39.3 billion, annual gross domesƟc product by $16.9 billion, and annual labor income by $9.8 billion. In addiƟon, the programs generated economic acƟvity that directly created 239,000 new jobs, including 90,000 farm sector jobs. R research and the same ill-health effects of a diet high in n-6 fatty acids that exist in humans undoubtedly exist in pigs. This project will provide accurate, statistically-valid information about pig health and pork quality that will be increasingly meaningful as pigs are taken to heavy slaughter weights. Drs. ValenƟna TrineƩa, Cassandra Jones, and Aldrich, all at Kansas State University, are starting a project to idenƟfy the major factors impacƟng the presence of Salmonella in animal fat, which is perƟnent for the conƟnued use of this beneficial product by the pet food industry. The objecƟve of this research is to idenƟfy the roles of moisture, storage temperature, contaminaƟon type, and contamination level on Salmonella species concentraƟon over Ɵme. This research is vital to both the rendering and pet food industries as Salmonella is a major concern in feed safety. FPRF has a novel portfolio of ongoing research. The focus is currently on rendering plant issues and novel, high-value non-feed uses for rendered ingredients. A number of multiyear research projects may turn into possibly patentable products so stay tuned. R www.rendermagazine.com Render February 2017 25


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