USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service to Administer "Farm Aid" Food Purchase, Distribution ProgramMon, 27 Aug 2018 15:43:08 CDT
Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was joined by Undersecretary Greg Ibach during an off-camera briefing to announce USDA’s specific plans to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. Perdue announced that Ibach, who oversees the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
The amounts of commodities to be purchased are based on an economic analysis of the damage caused by unjustified tariffs imposed on crops including Apples, Apricots, Beef, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dairy, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Hazelnuts, Kidney Beans, Lemons/Limes, Lentils, Macadamia, Navy Beans, Oranges (Fresh), Orange Juice, Peanut Butter, Pears, Peas, Pecans, Pistachios, Plums/Prunes, Pork, Potatoes, Rice, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Walnuts, Almonds and Sweet Cherries. Their damages will be adjusted based on several factors and spread over several months in response to orders placed by states participating in the FNS nutrition assistance programs.
Listen to Undersecretary Greg Ibach explain the process under which this new program will operate, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page. More information on this program can be found at www.farmers.gov.
Source - USDA
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