USDA announced it will make purchases of pork, apples and other ag products for the nation's food and feeding programs.
USDA intends to purchase $50 million of pork, $12.2 million of tart cherries, $1.8 million of dried plums and $18.6 million of apples. USDA said its procedures in making the purchases are to survey potential suppliers and publicly invite bids to assure contracts are awarded to responsible bidders.
According to the USDA release on the matter: "The pork purchase will help farmers greatly reduce their sow herd in a market where production costs continue to exceed market value. The tart cherry, dried plum and apple purchase will help alleviate the stress caused by higher inventories and low prices that farmers are receiving for their commodities."
The food purchased via the action will go for use in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.