In late July, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and approved its version of the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. As approved by the committee, the legislation allows funding for MAP and FMD at their full authorized annual levels of $200 million and $34.5 million respectively, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Thanks to all who stepped forward over the past weeks in support of both programs. At this time, it's uncertain when the bill will be considered by the Senate. The House Appropriations Committee included these levels of funding when it approved its version (H.R. 3268) of the legislation last week, and it's also uncertain when the House will consider H.R. 3268.
However, it's important to keep reminding your House members and Senators of the importance of both MAP and FMD to U.S. agriculture. Additional information about the programs can be found on the new website (www.agexportscount.org).