Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey sent a joint letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week about the struggling pork producers nation-wide, according to an official statement.
The letter urged Vilsack to use existing federal funds to buy $50 million in pork products for federal food programs, according to the statement. The pork would be used for federal emergency food programs, food pantries, senior/elderly food programs, and other non-commercial food channels.
The funds would help the pork producers by reducing the supply of excess pork, and it also gives the recipients of the federal food supply a good source of protein. With 2008 being among the worst years ever for the pork industry because of the H1N1 outbreak, mislabeled the swine flu, lower export demand and higher input costs, the federal funds would really help, according to the statement.
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