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USDA to buy meat to aid livestock producers

August 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend up to $170 million on chicken, catfish, pork and lamb for federal nutrition programs as a way of aiding drought-stricken farms and ranches.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday that the purchase would help ease pressure on American livestock producers during the drought.

USDA intends to purchase up to $100 million of pork, $50 million of chicken, $10 million of catfish and $10 million of lamb through its Emergency Surplus Removal Program.

“The purchases will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA’s nutrition program,” Vilsack said. READ MORE …

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