Mr. BROOKS of Alabama. Mr. Chairman, the amendment that I propose would eliminate the funding for the Emerging Markets Program.
For those of you who are not familiar, the Emerging Markets Program assists United States private and public organizations with agriculture marketing in low- to middle-income countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Eurasia and the Middle East.
The Emerging Markets Program funding is $10 million per year in this food stamp and farm bill. Over the 5-year life of this legislation, funding is $50 million.
The Emerging Markets Program duplicates and overlaps the Federal Government's much larger Marketing Agricultural Program. By way of example, in 2010, at least 27 of the 82 projects funded by the Emerging Markets Program went to entities that also received funding from the Federal Government's Marketing Agricultural Program.
Emerging Markets Program expenditures are quite informative:
$30,000 was spent on ``Brazil Craft Beer School Seminars for the Brewers Association.''
$468,000 in hard-earned taxpayers' money was spent studying food consumption in China's second-tier cities, the new frontier for U.S. agricultural export opportunities.
$212,000 of taxpayers' hard-earned money was spent concerning, ``Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Sector Development for the United States Department of Agriculture/Foreign Services/Chengdu, China.''
$174,431 was spent on a ``Global Food Safety Forum China Exchange for the GIC Group.''
$35,000 was spent on ``China Beer Distributors Education Program for the Brewers Association.''
$142,356 was spent on a ``Central American Microbiological Standards Program for USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.'' And the list goes on and on and on.
Mr. Chairman, since, first, the Emerging Markets Program overlaps and duplicates America's Marketing Agricultural Program, and since, second, the private sector's ability to do this work without Federal Government intervention or assistance, and since, third, America's out-of-control deficit and debt situation slowly but surely increased America's risk of a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy, and since, finally, America's financial condition forces us to borrow every penny of the $50 million
being spent on the Emerging Markets Program, I urge this body to be financially responsible by adopting my amendment to eliminate funding for the Emerging Markets Program.
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. LUCAS. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.
The Emerging Markets Program, EMP, provides funding for technical assistance to aid public and private agricultural organizations in their efforts to improve market opportunities in low- and middle-income nations that offer viable markets for our U.S. commodities.
This program truly focuses on promoting U.S. products to build repeat customers in markets where incomes are growing to the point that they can import high-quality products. Program resources may only be used to broadly support export of U.S. commodities and products, and promoting a company's own branded product is strictly prohibited.
The Emerging Markets Program requires the participating entities to commit a portion of their own resources to seek export opportunities in emerging markets, and a priority is given to the applications which bring the greatest amount of cost-share funds to the project.
Mr. Chairman, there are a number of studies about the amount of dollars that this generates in U.S. agricultural exports. It's one of those things that helps us move into markets that have the potential and the growing potential to buy our products. I believe it is a good use of resources, and it's subject, of course, to the oversight of the appropriators.
I would ask my colleagues to reject the amendment rather respectfully; and with that, I yield back the balance of my time.