USDA to Make $170 Million Meat Purchase

WASHINGTON — To help soften the burden of the drought on catfish, pork, chicken and pork livestock producers, U.S. Department of Agriculture will be buying $170 million in meat products, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Monday.

The $170 million of meat products — comprised of $100 million of pork products, $10 million of catfish, $50 million of chicken and $10 million of lamb — will be used for USDA nutrition programs such as food banks.

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