The United States Department of Agriculture has announced new Market Access Program (MAP) funding levels on its website at MAP awards. For 2016, the BA will receive $701,117. This represents a 17% increase compared with 2015 and is a record allocation for the BA.
As justification for the increase, USDA officials noted growing exports of U.S. craft beer, expanding market development opportunities internationally, and the BA’s history of grant compliance. The BA’s Export Development Program is largely funded by MAP and other export assistance grants. More information on MAP is available on the USDA website at http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/market-access-program-map and in the USDA press release.