Insufficient rains have already damaged a significant portion of the nation's feed crops, much of which are used to raise conventional cattle for meat production. As a result, feed prices have steadily increased while stocks have dwindled, putting many farmers in a difficult situation economically. So to help them along, the White House has pledged to stock up on extra meat and poultry, which it says it will distribute through federal food "nutrition" programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency will snatch up an additional $100 million worth of pork products, $50 million worth of chicken products, $10 millions worth of lamb products, and $10 million worth of catfish products. And whatever cannot be distributed through these federal programs will be stocked and frozen for future use, according to the White House.
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