APC Gets Promotional Funds
The American Peanut Council (APC) has received for fiscal year 2009 Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program funds totaling $2,474,731. The program is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
The Market Access Program uses funds from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to share the costs of overseas market development and promotional activities with U.S. nonprofit agricultural trade organizations such as the APC. Funding priority is given to organizations that represent an entire industry.
Program activities focus on reducing market impediments, improving the processing capabilities of importers, modifying restrictive regulatory codes in foreign markets and identifying new markets or uses for U.S. products.
GPC Buys Site For New Building
The Georgia Peanut Commission, with headquarters in Tifton, Ga., has agreed to buy a portion of a 6.18-acre site along Interstate 75 from the Tift County Commission for $370,800 to build a new office.
Don Koehler, GPC Executive Director, says, “We wanted a place where we would be visible to do the kind of job we need to do to promote peanuts and allow farmers to have easy access.”
Koehler says that the new location will allow for collaborations with the Georgia Agrirama Museum, and travelers along the interstate will be encouraged to stop and visit both facilities.
The GPC will celebrate 50 years in 2010, and the goal is to have the facility completed by August. The commission is a state authority funded by a $2 per ton check-off from producers.