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Following Industry Urging, USDA Will Buy an Additional $30 Million in Pork Products for Federal Feeding Programs

Thursday, September 3, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

USDA today announced that it will purchase an additional $30 million in pork products in FY 2009 for federal food and nutrition assistance programs.  Altogether, USDA has purchased approximately $151 million in pork products for food and nutrition assistance programs this year through annual appropriation and Recovery Act funding.

The news comes after AMI and the National Pork Producers Council this week met with USDA officials and with key appropriators to explain the plight of pork producers, packers and processors and the need for this action.

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack acknowledged the difficulty facing the pork industry, saying, "These purchases will assist pork producers who are currently struggling due to depressed market conditions … This action will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions, stimulate the economy, and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA's nutrition programs."

 For more information on purchase details, interested suppliers should contact Duane Williams, Contracting Officer, Livestock and Seed Program at (202)720-2650 or by e-mail at: duane.williams2@ams.usda.gov. The AMS Commodity Procurement Web page can be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/lscp

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