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Selling Michigan’s Agriculture: A guide to exporting our products

Michigan grows an incredible variety of crops, second only to California in crop diversity. Our products are in high demand all over the world, with Michigan farmers and producers shipping over $1 billion of goods to countries like Mexico, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Germany.

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, as well as her membership on President Obama's Export Council, Senator Stabenow is uniquely positioned to help promote Michigan products to foreign markets.

Here is a quick guide to financial, training, and other support our federal government has established to help you successfully export abroad.

Financial Programs

Loans

  • Small business loans for firms looking to establish or expand their export markets can be found at http://business.usa.gov/

Grants

  • Specialty crop grants are available for domestic and international markets through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
  • Matching funds are available through the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products.
    • To learn how you can urge the MDA to gain funding for your international marketing, contact the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service at www.ams.usda.gov.
  • Financing for promotional activities is available through the Market Access Program . More information can be found at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/maptoc.html.
  • Funding for technical assistance when exporting specialty crops is available under the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops program To learn more, go to http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/tasc/tasc.asp.

Trade Shows

  • For a list produced by the Foreign Agricultural Service of domestic and international trade shows to bring together buyers and suppliers, visit the FAS web site at www.fas.usda.gov.
  • Buyer's missions bring buyers from across the world to the U.S. to meet one-on-one with potential suppliers to make business connections. Food Service PLUS! (FSP) includes providing interpreters at your booth, assistance in qualifying leads after a show, and one-on-one meetings with buyers. Trade missions provide farmers and agribusinesses with a look into market potential firsthand.
    o For more information regarding buyers missions, FSP, and trade missions, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125-1568_2387_3784-78461--,00.html or call (517) 241-3628.

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Washington, DC 20510
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Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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