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Congressman Chris Collins

Representing the 27th District of New York

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces Federal Agriculture Funds for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation

Jul 11, 2013
Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is pleased to announce that the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, located in Canandaigua, received $373,986 in federal agriculture funding.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the 2013 allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program (MAP) this week.  Congressman Collins has been supportive of the MAP, which has been successful in helping promote U.S. agricultural products overseas.
“The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is a worthy recipient of this funding through the MAP program,” said Congressman Collins.  “After touring the New York Wine and Culinary Center last month, I know that this funding will help the New York Wine and Grape Foundation grow and promote their products abroad.  MAP funding opens up new markets for American agricultural organizations, allowing these organizations to grow and remain competitive.”
Earlier this year Congressman Collins voted against an amendment to the five-year Farm Bill that would have eliminated the MAP. 
This year, the FAS awarded FY2013 funding to more than 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods.
Under the MAP, FAS will provide $172.7 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. MAP participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.
Under the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD), FAS will allocate $25.4 million to 26 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. The organizations, which contribute an average 183-percent cost share, will conduct activities that help maintain or increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities overseas.