The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $173 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives in the coming year to help expand export demand for their goods.
The total amount is about $10 million less than last year because of sequestration. The funds are allocated under the Market Access Program and require matching funds from industry for generic marketing and promotion activities.
The Washington Apple Commission, one of the top recipients in the tree-fruit sector, will receive $4.5 million, about the same amount as last year. The Pear Bureau Northwest has been allocated $3.5 million, up from $2.9 million in 2012.
Other allocations to organizations representing the tree fruit and wine grape industries include:
California Cherry Marketing and Research Board – $211,278
California Cling Peach Board – $442,787
California Grape and Tree Fruit League – $350,000
California Pear Advisory Board – $564,186
New York Wine and Grape Foundation – $373,986
Northwest Wine Promotion Coalition – $917,928
Organic Trade Association – $575,983
U.S. Apple Export Council – $911,674
Washington State Fruit Commission – $1,395,839
Wine Institute – $6,973,231