USDA announces additional $478 million in food purchases from farmers
On Monday, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of an additional $470 million in Section 32 food purchases the U.S. will make from farmers in 2020.
According to a news release, The Agricultural Marketing Service will purchase a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and seafood products. There also may be additional Sectional 32 funds being used later in 2020.
“President Trump has authorized USDA to support our farmers affected by this national emergency and this action to purchase food and deliver to those in need further demonstrates his unwavering support for the American people during these unprecedented times,” said Secretary Perdue. “America’s farmers and ranchers have experienced a dislocated supply chain caused by the Coronavirus. USDA is in the unique position to purchase these foods and deliver them to the hungry Americans who need it most.”
The dairy sector will receive a little more than 25 percent of the money.
AMS will begin issuing solicitations in June and deliveries are planned to begin in July. You can find more information on selling food to the USDA here.
Here is a full breakdown of how much each commodity will receive in AMS purchases in the third quarter of 2020: