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Most U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) activities are conducted overseas, but U.S. government policy can affect the sales of millions of tons of wheat each year. USW works closely with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) on U.S. government policies which affect the export competitiveness of U.S. wheat.
Market Access Program & Foreign Market Development Program
The Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, are the foundation of the highly successful partnership between U.S. wheat farmers and USDA to share the costs of overseas market development efforts.

MAP and FMD are crucial to the U.S. wheat industry to maintain sales and market share in an increasingly competitive trade environment.

MAP and FMD are good government programs that have a positive and significant impact on U.S. agricultural exports. That includes:
  • Excellent returns, that actually grow with the investment, to the government and farmer cooperators
  • Proven potential to create American jobs and help the rural economy grow
  • Direct contributions that improve conditions for the private sector to increase exports
  • Benefits to the entire agricultural supply chain from wheat farmers to the longshoremen who load wheat on vessels for export
  • Analysis indicates a $23 to $1 net return to U.S. producers from their market development investment and a $115 to $1 net return to the entire U.S. value chain
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