USDA Cannot Give More Support

The USDA has responded to the pork industry’s request for more money. Iowa Governor Chet Culver and eight other governor’s asked the USDA to support the industry by purchasing more pork.
However, the USDA cannot find extra money in the budget to do this.
The USDA has purchased $117 million in pork products for the nutrition assistance programs during the fiscal year, but the governors are asking the department to purchase $50 million more.
“Due to economic conditions, the value of requests for commodity purchases far exceeds the amount of remaining funding, but we will continue to monitor market developments and make decisions accordingly,” USDA spokesman Justin DeJong said.
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