USDA Announces Additional $120M In Dairy Purchases
The United States Department of Agriculture announced an additional $470 million, including $120 million in cheese and butter, in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020.
“These Section 32 purchases will help both Americans who need high-quality nutritious food as well as U.S. dairy farmers who are experiencing unprecedented losses from the COVID-19 national emergency,” says Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.
“The purchases will provide important and needed support to the dairy supply chain. We look forward to learning more details and to continue working with USDA on possible additional purchases,” says Mulhern.
These foods will be provided to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The agency plans to purchase American-grown and -produced ag products totaling $4.89 billion for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30.