There is established the Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Award, which shall be evidenced by a medal bearing the inscription “Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Award”. The medal shall be of such design and materials and bear such additional inscriptions as the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this section as the “Secretary”) may prescribe.
The President or the Secretary (on the basis of recommendations received from the board established under subsection (h)) shall periodically provide the award to companies and other entities that in the judgment of the President or the Secretary substantially encourage entrepreneurial efforts in the food and agriculture sector for advancing United States agricultural exports.
An entity to which an award is made under this section may publicize the receipt of the award by the entity and use the award in advertising of the entity.
The board shall meet at least once annually to review and evaluate all applicants and entities recommended by States under subsection (g)(1).
The board shall report its recommendations concerning the making of the award to the Secretary.
The Secretary may seek and accept gifts from public and private sources to carry out this section.