USDA to purchase broilers

The U. S. Department of Agriculture said it intends to purchase broilers and broiler products for federal food assistance programs.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service purchases a variety of food products each year for distribution by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for programs serving children, the elderly, Indian reservations and victims of natural disasters.

While AMS did not list an amount, an industry source said it will be about $35 million worth.

In addition, the National Chicken Council said it had been working with AMS to develop a way “to stabilize the chicken market in the face of continued losses due to high feed costs.” The NCC said exports of chicken leg quarters to Russia have “significantly slowed.”

USDA provides food assistance to about 20 per cent of all Americans.

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