The California almond industry will receive more than $6 million to help identify and access new export markets. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA has awarded the Almond Board of California $3,185,690 while Blue Diamond, the farmer-owned cooperative, will receive $3,715,000 through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP).
The ATP is one of three USDA programs created to mitigate the effects of unjustified trade retaliation against U.S. farmers and exporters. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) accepted ATP applications between September 4 and November 2 – totaling nearly $600 million – from U.S. trade associations, cooperatives, and other industry-affiliated organizations.
“The California almond industry appreciates the funding which will enable the industry to continue its ongoing extensive efforts to identify and access new export markets,” said Almond Alliance (AAC) President Elaine Trevino. “The ongoing tariff situation is a very challenging environment for California almond growers.”
AAC, a trade association, was formerly the Almond Hullers and Processors Association.
All sectors of U.S. agriculture, including fish and forest product producers, were eligible to apply for cost-share assistance under the ATP. FAS evaluated applications according to criteria that included the potential for export growth in the target market, direct injury from the imposed retaliatory tariffs, and the likelihood that the proposed project or activity will have a near-term impact on agricultural exports.