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USDA announces additional food purchase plans

USDA announced details of USD470 million in additional Section 32 food purchases to take place during the third quarter of 2020 in response to COVID-19 market disruptions.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday (May 4) announced details in food purchases for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, promising the Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and communities in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Perdue said the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will purchase a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and seafood products that will be provided to USDAs Food and Nutrition Service nutrition assistance programs and food banks.

President Trump has authorised USDA to support our farmers affected by this national emergency and this action to purchase food and deliver to those in need further demonstrates his unwavering support for the American people during these unprecedented times,said Secretary Perdue.

Americas farmers and ranchers have experienced a dislocated supply chain caused by the coronavirus. USDA is in the unique position to purchase these foods and deliver them to the hungry Americans who need it most.

The list of purchases includes:  USD120 mln for dairy products, USD50 mln for potatoes, USD50 mln for turkey products, USD40 mln for seafood, USD35 mln for strawberries, USD30 mln for pork products, USD30 mln for catfish products, USD30 mln for chicken, USD25 mln of orange juice, USD20 mln for tart cherries, USD15 mln for raisins, USD10 mln for sweet potatoes, USD5 mln for asparagus, USD5 mln for pears, and USD5 mln for prunes.


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