Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is urging USDA to increase funding for the promotion of pork and beef export markets. He’s asking USDA to look at various programs that will help livestock producers “through this rough patch.”

In a letter to USDA Secretary Ed Schafer, Grassley wrote, “I would ask that USDA give serious consideration to increasing funding for pork and beef promotion in the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD). These programs can encourage the development, maintenance, and expansion of commercial export markets for our meat products.”