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NCC President Praises USDA Special Chicken Purchase

14 August 2012, at 9:34am

US - National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown has expressed appreciation to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for the Agricultural Marketing Services’ (AMS) programme that will make a special purchase for chicken products for needy families and other worthy recipients.

“At this very difficult economic time for chicken producers due to the severe drought and impending corn shortage that will unfortunately continue well into the future, I am grateful to USDA for working promptly and effectively with NCC to have a special bonus purchase program for chicken,” Mr Brown said.

“By providing chicken through this program, USDA will help feed many economically-stressed Americans while at the same time helping to stabilise the chicken market. NCC looks forward to continuing to work with AMS to help ensure full success of the programme.”

The USDA announced its intention to purchase up to $100 million of pork products, up to $10 million of catfish products, up to $50 million in chicken products, and up to $10 million of lamb products for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks.

Through the Emergency Surplus Removal Program, USDA can use Section 32 funds to purchase meat and poultry products to assist farmers and ranchers who have been affected by natural disasters. The pork, lamb and catfish purchases are based on analyses of current market conditions. A major factor affecting livestock producers is the value of feed, which is currently running high because of the drought.

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