Trump Administration plans to buy milk, meat from farmers as part of $16 billion relief effort


USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that President Trump’s administration plans to buy meat and milk to help support U.S. farmers

“We want to purchase as much of this milk, or other protein products, hams and pork products, and move them into where they can be utilized in our food banks, or possibly even into international humanitarian aid,” Perdue on Fox News.

Both the beef and dairy industry have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The cattle industry could see losses as as high as $13.6 billion and some dairy farmers have been forced to dump up to 30,000 gallons of milk a day due to bottlenecks in the supply chain.

Overall, President Trump said his administration plans to spend at least $16 billion in the first phase of farm aid. Another $14 billion becomes available to the USDA on June 30.