Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program, 2380-2382 [05-725]

Download as PDF 2380 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices Signed at Washington, DC, on January 4, 2005. A. Ellen Terpstrd, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 05–722 Filed 1–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.600. SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2006 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and award funds in June 2005. The Cooperator Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005. Applications received after this date will not be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932–South, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, e-mail: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign Agricultural Service, Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/ fmd.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: The Cooperator Program is authorized by title VII of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended. Cooperator Program regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1484. Purpose: The Cooperator Program is designed to create, expand, and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products through cost-share assistance. Financial assistance under the Cooperator Program will be made available on a competitive basis and applications will be reviewed against the evaluation VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 criteria contained herein. All agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. The FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decisionmaking initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the USDA’s Food and Agricultural Policy (FAP). In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, the FAS seeks to identify a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy and a program effectiveness time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. The FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA and FAP. II. Award Information Under the Cooperator Program, the FAS enters into agreements with nonprofit U.S. trade organizations which have the broadest possible producer representation of the commodity being promoted and gives priority to those organizations which are nationwide in membership and scope. Cooperators may receive assistance only for the promotion of generic activities that do not involve promotions targeted directly to consumers. The program generally operates on a reimbursement basis. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants. To participate in the Cooperator Program an applicant must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization. 2. Cost Sharing. To participate in the Cooperator Program, an applicant must agree contribute resources to its proposed promotional activities. The Cooperator Program is intended to supplement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. The contribution must be stated in dollars and be at least 50 percent of the value of resources provided by CCC for activities conducted under the project agreement. The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional strategies contained in its application, as represented by the agreed cost share contributions specified therein, is considered by the FAS when determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as professional staff PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 time spent on design and execution of activities. The Cooperator Program regulations, in sections 1484.50 and 1484.51, provide detailed discussion of eligible and ineligible cost-share contributions. 3. Other. Applications should include a justification for funding assistance from the program—an explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without federal funding assistance and why participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package. Organizations that are interested in applying for Cooperator Program funds are encouraged to submit their requests using the Unified Export Strategy (UES) format. The UES allows interested entities to submit a consolidated and strategically coordinated single proposal that incorporates requests for funding and recommendations for virtually all the FAS marketing programs, financial assistance programs, and market access programs. The suggested UES format encourages applicants to examine the constraints or barriers to trade that the face, identify activities, which would help overcome such impediments, consider the entire pool of complementary marketing tools and program resources, and establish realistic export goals. Applicants are not required, however, to use the UES format. Organizations can submit applications in the EUS format by two methods. The first allows an applicant to submit information directly to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application Internet website. The FAS highly recommends applying via the Internet, as this format virtually eliminates paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle. Applicants also have the option of submitting electronic versions (along with two paper copies) of their applications to the FAS on diskette. Applicants planning to use the Internet-based system must contact the FAS Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720–4327 to obtain site access information. The Internet-based application, including a Help file containing step-by-step instructions for its use, may be found at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda./gov/ cooperators.html. Applicants who choose to submit applications on diskette can obtain an application format by contacting the Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720–4327. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices 2. Content and Form of Application Submission. To be considered for the Cooperator Program, an applicant must submit to the FAS information required by the Cooperator Program regulations in section 1484.20. In addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the need to identify entities that are receiving government awards, all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1–866–705–5711. Incomplete applications and applications which do not otherwise conform to this announcement will not be accepted for review. The FAS administers various other agricultural export assistance programs, including the Marketing Access Program (MAP), Cochran Fellowships, the Emerging Markets Programs, the Quality Samples Program, Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Programs, and several Export Credit Guarantee programs. Any organization that is not interested in applying for the Cooperator Program but would like to request assistance through one of the other programs mentioned should contact the Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720–4327. 3. Submission Dates and Times. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005. All Cooperator Program applicants, regardless of the method of submitting an application, also must submit by the application deadline, via hand delivery or U.S. mail, an original signed certification statement as specified in 7 CFR section 1484.20(a)(14). Applications or certifications received after this date will not be considered. 4. Funding Restrictions. Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other categories of expenses. CCC will not reimburse unreasonable expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval. Full details are available in the Cooperator Program regulations in sections 1484.54 and 1484.55. 5. Other Submission Requirements and Considerations. All Internet-based applications must be properly submitted by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005. Signed certification statements also must be received by that time at one of the addresses listed below. All applications on diskette (with two accompanying paper copies and a signed certification statement) and any other form of application must be VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 received by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005, at one of the following address: Hand Delivery (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, Room 4932–S, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 1042. U.S. Postal Delivery: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042. V. Application Review Information 1. Criteria and Review Process. Following is a description of the FAS process for reviewing applications and the criteria for allocating available Cooperator Program funds. (1) Phase 1—Sufficiency Review and FAS Divisional Review Applications received by the closing date will be reviewed by the FAS to determine the eligibility of the applicants and the completeness of the applications. These requirements appear at sections 1484.14 and 1484.20 of the Cooperator Program regulations. Applications that meet the requirements then will be further evaluated by the proper FAS Commodity Division. The Divisions will review each application against the criteria listed in sections 1484.21 and 1484.22 of the Cooperator Program regulations. The purpose of this review is to identify meritorious proposals and to recommend an appropriate funding level for each application based upon these criteria. (2) Phase 2—Competitive Review Meritorious applications then will be passed on to the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Commodity and Marketing Programs, for the purpose of allocating available funds among the applicants. Applications will compete for funds on the basis of the following allocation criteria (the number in parentheses represents a percentage weight factor): (a) Contribution Level (40) • The applicant’s 6-year average share (2001–2006) of all contributions (contributions may include cash and goods and services provided by U.S. entities in support of foreign market development activities) compare to • The applicant’s 6-year average share (2001–2006) of all Cooperator marketing plan expenditures. (b) Past Export Performance (20) • The 6-year average share (2000– 2005) of the value of exports promoted by the applicant compared to PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2381 • The applicant’s 6-year average share (2000–2005) of all Cooperator marketing plan expenditures plus a 6-year average share (1999–2004) of MAP expenditures and a 6-year average share (1999–2004) of foreign overhead provided for colocation within a U.S. agricultural trade office. (c) Past Demand Expansion Performance (20) • The 6-year average share (2000– 2005) of the total value of world trade of the commodities promoted by the applicant compared to • The applicant’s 6-year average share (2000–2005) of all Cooperator marketing plan expenditures plus a 6-year average share (1999–2004) of MAP expenditures and a 6-year average share (1999–2004) of foreign overhead provided for colocation within a U.S. agricultural trade office. (d) Future Demand Expansion Goals (10) • The projected total dollar value of world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2011 compared to • The applicant’s requested funding level. (e) Accuracy of Past Demand Expansion Projections (10) • The actual dollar value share of world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2004 compared to • The applicant’s past projected share of world trade of the commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2004, as specified in the 2004 Cooperator Program application. The Commodity Divisions recommended funding levels for each applicant are converted to percentages of the total Cooperator Program funds available then multiplied by the total weight factor to determine the amount of funds allocated to each applicant. 2. Anticipate Announcement Date: Announcements of funding decisions for the Cooperator Program are anticipated during June 2005. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices. The FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. The FAS will send an approval letter and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including the levels of Cooperator Program funding and cost-share contribution requirements. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. Interested parties should review the Cooperator Program E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 2382 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices regulations which are available at the following URL address http// www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/ fmd.html. Hard copies may be obtained by contacting MOS at (202) 720–4327. 3. Reporting. The FAS requires various reports and evaluations from Cooperators. Reporting requirements are detailed in the Cooperator Program regulations in sections 1484.53, 1484.70, and 1484.72. VII. Agency Contact(s) For additional information and assistance, contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932–South, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, phone (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9351, email: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov Signed at Washington, DC on January 4, 2005. A. Ellen Terpstro, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 05–725 Filed 1–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.601. SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2005/2006 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and award funds in June 2005. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005. Applications received after this date will not be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932–South, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, email: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign Agricultural Service Web site at VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/ mapprog.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: The MAP is authorized under section 203 of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended. MAP regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1485. Purpose: The MAP is designed to create, expand and maintain foreign markets for United States’ agricultural commodities and products through costshare assistance. Financial assistance under the MAP will be made available on a competitive basis and applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained herein. All agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. The FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decision-making initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the USDA’s Food and Agricultural Policy (FAP). In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, the FAS seeks to identify a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy and a program effectiveness time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. The FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA and FAP. II. Award Information Under the MAP, the CCC enters into agreements with eligible participants to share the costs of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. MAP participants may receive assistance for either generic or brand promotion activities. The program generally operates on a reimbursement basis. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants. To participate in the MAP, an applicant must be: a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization, a nonprofit state regional trade group (i.e., an association of State Departments of Agriculture), a U.S. agricultural cooperative, or a State agency. A small-sized U.S. commercial entity (other than a cooperative or producer association) may participate through a MAP participant. 2. Cost Sharing. To participate in the MAP, an applicant must agree to PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contribute resources to its proposed promotional activities. The MAP is intended to supplement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. In the case of generic promotion, the contribution must be stated in dollars and be at least 10 percent of the value of resources provided by CCC for such generic promotion. In the case of brand promotion, the contribution must be stated in dollars and be at least 50 percent of the total cost of such brand promotion. The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional strategies contained in its application, as represented by the agreed cost share contributions specified therein, is considered by the FAS when determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as professional staff time spent on design and execution of activities. The MAP regulations, in section 1485.13(c), provide detailed discussion of eligible and ineligible cost-share contributions. 3. Other. Applications should include a justification for funding assistance from the program—an explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without Federal funding assistance and why participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package. Organizations that are interested in applying for MAP funds are encouraged to submit their requests using the UES format. The UES allows interested entities to submit a consolidated and strategically coordinated single proposal that incorporates requests for funding and recommendations for virtually all the FAS marketing programs, financial assistance programs, and market access programs. The suggested UES format encourages applicants to examine the constraints or barriers to trade, which they face, identify activities, which would help overcome such impediments, consider the entire pool of complementary marketing tools and program resources, and establish realistic export goals. Applicants are not required, however, to use the UES format. Organizations can submit applications in the UES format by two methods. The first allows an application to submit information directly to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application Internet Web site. The FAS highly recommends applying via the Internet, as this format E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the 
Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program

    Announcement Type: New.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.600.

SUMMARY:  The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is 
inviting proposals for the 2006 Foreign Market Development Cooperator 
(Cooperator) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit 
applications from eligible applicants and award funds in June 2005. The 
Cooperator Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign 
Agricultural Service (FAS).

DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. eastern standard 
time, March 14, 2005. Applications received after this date will not be 
considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding 
assistance should contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932-South, 
STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1042, 
phone: (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, e-mail: 
mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/
fmd.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Authority:  The Cooperator Program is authorized by title VII of 
the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended. Cooperator Program 
regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1484.

    Purpose: The Cooperator Program is designed to create, expand, and 
maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products 
through cost-share assistance. Financial assistance under the 
Cooperator Program will be made available on a competitive basis and 
applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained 
herein. All agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for 
consideration.
    The FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the 
strategic decisionmaking initiatives of the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the USDA's Food and Agricultural Policy 
(FAP). In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the 
effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, the 
FAS seeks to identify a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy 
and a program effectiveness time line against which results can be 
measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country 
goals. The FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project 
targets markets with the greatest potential. These factors are part of 
the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can 
demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA and FAP.

II. Award Information

    Under the Cooperator Program, the FAS enters into agreements with 
nonprofit U.S. trade organizations which have the broadest possible 
producer representation of the commodity being promoted and gives 
priority to those organizations which are nationwide in membership and 
scope. Cooperators may receive assistance only for the promotion of 
generic activities that do not involve promotions targeted directly to 
consumers. The program generally operates on a reimbursement basis.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants. To participate in the Cooperator Program an 
applicant must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization.
    2. Cost Sharing. To participate in the Cooperator Program, an 
applicant must agree contribute resources to its proposed promotional 
activities. The Cooperator Program is intended to supplement, not 
supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. The contribution must 
be stated in dollars and be at least 50 percent of the value of 
resources provided by CCC for activities conducted under the project 
agreement.
    The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional 
strategies contained in its application, as represented by the agreed 
cost share contributions specified therein, is considered by the FAS 
when determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-
share may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as 
professional staff time spent on design and execution of activities. 
The Cooperator Program regulations, in sections 1484.50 and 1484.51, 
provide detailed discussion of eligible and ineligible cost-share 
contributions.
    3. Other. Applications should include a justification for funding 
assistance from the program--an explanation as to what specifically 
could not be accomplished without federal funding assistance and why 
participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project 
without such assistance.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package. Organizations that are 
interested in applying for Cooperator Program funds are encouraged to 
submit their requests using the Unified Export Strategy (UES) format. 
The UES allows interested entities to submit a consolidated and 
strategically coordinated single proposal that incorporates requests 
for funding and recommendations for virtually all the FAS marketing 
programs, financial assistance programs, and market access programs. 
The suggested UES format encourages applicants to examine the 
constraints or barriers to trade that the face, identify activities, 
which would help overcome such impediments, consider the entire pool of 
complementary marketing tools and program resources, and establish 
realistic export goals. Applicants are not required, however, to use 
the UES format. Organizations can submit applications in the EUS format 
by two methods. The first allows an applicant to submit information 
directly to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) 
application Internet website. The FAS highly recommends applying via 
the Internet, as this format virtually eliminates paperwork and 
expedites the FAS processing and review cycle. Applicants also have the 
option of submitting electronic versions (along with two paper copies) 
of their applications to the FAS on diskette.
    Applicants planning to use the Internet-based system must contact 
the FAS Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720-4327 to obtain site 
access information. The Internet-based application, including a Help 
file containing step-by-step instructions for its use, may be found at 
the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda./gov/cooperators.html.
    Applicants who choose to submit applications on diskette can obtain 
an application format by contacting the Marketing Operations Staff on 
(202) 720-4327.

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    2. Content and Form of Application Submission. To be considered for 
the Cooperator Program, an applicant must submit to the FAS information 
required by the Cooperator Program regulations in section 1484.20. In 
addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's 
issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the need to identify 
entities that are receiving government awards, all applicants must 
submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling 
the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711. 
Incomplete applications and applications which do not otherwise conform 
to this announcement will not be accepted for review.
    The FAS administers various other agricultural export assistance 
programs, including the Marketing Access Program (MAP), Cochran 
Fellowships, the Emerging Markets Programs, the Quality Samples 
Program, Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Programs, and several 
Export Credit Guarantee programs. Any organization that is not 
interested in applying for the Cooperator Program but would like to 
request assistance through one of the other programs mentioned should 
contact the Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720-4327.
    3. Submission Dates and Times. All applications must be received by 
5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005. All Cooperator Program 
applicants, regardless of the method of submitting an application, also 
must submit by the application deadline, via hand delivery or U.S. 
mail, an original signed certification statement as specified in 7 CFR 
section 1484.20(a)(14). Applications or certifications received after 
this date will not be considered.
    4. Funding Restrictions. Certain types of expenses are not eligible 
for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other 
categories of expenses. CCC will not reimburse unreasonable 
expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval. Full details are 
available in the Cooperator Program regulations in sections 1484.54 and 
1484.55.
    5. Other Submission Requirements and Considerations. All Internet-
based applications must be properly submitted by 5 p.m. eastern 
standard time, March 14, 2005. Signed certification statements also 
must be received by that time at one of the addresses listed below.
    All applications on diskette (with two accompanying paper copies 
and a signed certification statement) and any other form of application 
must be received by 5 p.m. eastern standard time, March 14, 2005, at 
one of the following address:
    Hand Delivery (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.): U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, 
Room 4932-S, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-
1042.
    U.S. Postal Delivery: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, STOP 1042, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1042.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Criteria and Review Process. Following is a description of the 
FAS process for reviewing applications and the criteria for allocating 
available Cooperator Program funds.
(1) Phase 1--Sufficiency Review and FAS Divisional Review
    Applications received by the closing date will be reviewed by the 
FAS to determine the eligibility of the applicants and the completeness 
of the applications. These requirements appear at sections 1484.14 and 
1484.20 of the Cooperator Program regulations. Applications that meet 
the requirements then will be further evaluated by the proper FAS 
Commodity Division. The Divisions will review each application against 
the criteria listed in sections 1484.21 and 1484.22 of the Cooperator 
Program regulations. The purpose of this review is to identify 
meritorious proposals and to recommend an appropriate funding level for 
each application based upon these criteria.
(2) Phase 2--Competitive Review
    Meritorious applications then will be passed on to the Office of 
the Deputy Administrator, Commodity and Marketing Programs, for the 
purpose of allocating available funds among the applicants. 
Applications will compete for funds on the basis of the following 
allocation criteria (the number in parentheses represents a percentage 
weight factor):

(a) Contribution Level (40)

     The applicant's 6-year average share (2001-2006) of all 
contributions (contributions may include cash and goods and services 
provided by U.S. entities in support of foreign market development 
activities) compare to
     The applicant's 6-year average share (2001-2006) of all 
Cooperator marketing plan expenditures.

(b) Past Export Performance (20)

     The 6-year average share (2000-2005) of the value of 
exports promoted by the applicant compared to
     The applicant's 6-year average share (2000-2005) of all 
Cooperator marketing plan expenditures plus a 6-year average share 
(1999-2004) of MAP expenditures and a 6-year average share (1999-2004) 
of foreign overhead provided for co-location within a U.S. agricultural 
trade office.

(c) Past Demand Expansion Performance (20)

     The 6-year average share (2000-2005) of the total value of 
world trade of the commodities promoted by the applicant compared to
     The applicant's 6-year average share (2000-2005) of all 
Cooperator marketing plan expenditures plus a 6-year average share 
(1999-2004) of MAP expenditures and a 6-year average share (1999-2004) 
of foreign overhead provided for co-location within a U.S. agricultural 
trade office.

(d) Future Demand Expansion Goals (10)

     The projected total dollar value of world trade of the 
commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2011 compared 
to
     The applicant's requested funding level.

(e) Accuracy of Past Demand Expansion Projections (10)

     The actual dollar value share of world trade of the 
commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2004 compared 
to
     The applicant's past projected share of world trade of the 
commodities being promoted by the applicant for the year 2004, as 
specified in the 2004 Cooperator Program application.
    The Commodity Divisions recommended funding levels for each 
applicant are converted to percentages of the total Cooperator Program 
funds available then multiplied by the total weight factor to determine 
the amount of funds allocated to each applicant.
    2. Anticipate Announcement Date: Announcements of funding decisions 
for the Cooperator Program are anticipated during June 2005.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices. The FAS will notify each applicant in writing of 
the final disposition of its application. The FAS will send an approval 
letter and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval 
letter and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable 
to the project, including the levels of Cooperator Program funding and 
cost-share contribution requirements.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. Interested 
parties should review the Cooperator Program

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regulations which are available at the following URL address http//
www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/fmd.html. Hard copies may be obtained by 
contacting MOS at (202) 720-4327.
    3. Reporting. The FAS requires various reports and evaluations from 
Cooperators. Reporting requirements are detailed in the Cooperator 
Program regulations in sections 1484.53, 1484.70, and 1484.72.

VII. Agency Contact(s)

    For additional information and assistance, contact the Marketing 
Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Room 4932-South, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1042, phone (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9351, 
email: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov

    Signed at Washington, DC on January 4, 2005.
A. Ellen Terpstro,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and Vice President, 
Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 05-725 Filed 1-12-05; 8:45 am]
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