President Trump tweets $3 billion in farm purchases from U.S. government to begin next week


Relief is on the way for American farmers, according to President Trump

“Starting early next week, at my order, the USA will be purchasing, from our Farmers, Ranchers & Specialty Crop Growers, 3 Billion Dollars worth of Dairy, Meat & Produce for Food Lines & Kitchens. “FARMERS TO FAMILY FOOD BOX” Great news for all! @SecretarySonny @ZippyDuvall,” the president tweeted on Saturday.

The president had previously announced $19 billion in funding for the USDA as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

In a release on Friday, the USDA announced $1.2 billion in contracts from the Farmers to Families Food Box had been approved.

“The funding far exceeds the $100 million per month the department initially planned for the program, due to high interest and need,” the release said. “The program will purchase $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in dairy, $258 million in meat and $175 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products.”