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USDA to Purchase Arkansas Poultry Meat

by 5m Editor
16 September 2010, at 12:55am

ARKANSAS, US - The USDA will purchase up to $30 million of poultry products, providing a boost to the Arkansas poultry industry.

Mid South Farmer reports that the announcement came in response to a letter US Senator Blanche Lincoln sent to Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, urging USDA to purchase 60 million pounds of poultry through its Agricultural Marketing Service. Mr Vilsack announced the USDA will purchase up to $30 million of chicken dark meat items for federal food nutrition assistance programmes.

Chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Senator Lincoln commented: "I am pleased with this rapid response to my request that will provide a much-needed boost to Arkansas's poultry industry. Arkansas's poultry producers are struggling due to a sluggish economy and the closure of several important foreign markets. The purchase will help Arkansas's poultry industry get back on its feet, protect thousands of jobs and improve the state's economy."

The poultry industry represents one out of every six jobs in Arkansas. The purchase will provide more stability for the poultry industry in Arkansas and will provide healthy, low fat sources of protein for USDA feeding programmes, which include those aimed at child nutrition and victims of natural disasters.