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NAMA – A Foreign Market Development Participant

The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) first became involved in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Market Development (FMD) program soon after it started in 1955 and has conducted market development projects on a recurring basis since then. NAMA uses the program to fund an international market promotion program for wheat flour and processed grain products.

The purpose of the FMD program, also known as the Cooperator Program, is to use funds from the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to aid in the creation, expansion, and maintenance of long-term export markets for U.S. agricultural products.

Since virtually all exports of processed grain products from the United States are for humanitarian feeding program use, NAMA has used FMD to work closely with the World Food Program (WFP) and private voluntary organizations (PVOs) to help them optimize the use of the processed grain products made available under U.S. Government food aid grants.

During 2009 and 2010, NAMA conducted six FMD funded projects including missions to Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Burundi, Guatemala, the World Food Program (WFP) headquarters in Rome, and a staff mission to the International Grains Council annual meeting in London.

The wheat flour-milling segment of NAMA is comprised of 49 member companies. These companies operate 170 mills in 38 states and have an aggregate 24-hour milling capacity of 160 million pounds or 95% of the total milling capacity in the U.S. The export corn meal and protein grain-milling segment of NAMA is composed of 6 member companies. These companies operate 9 mills in six states and represent 100% of the production of protein grain products.

In recent years, the FMD program has been funded at around $34.5 million. In 2010, NAMA received $57,139 of FMD funding.

Last updated August 2011

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