The American Farm Bureau Federation has made a plea to USDA on behalf of pork producers. This week, the group asked the Agriculture Department to increase pork purchases to supply the healthy protein source for the nation’s nutrition programs. In the process, the move would support pork consumption when it’s needed most.

“Additional Section 32 purchases would help the pork industry at this critical time,” said AFBF president Bob Stallman in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer. “We request that you evaluate such a purchase for the benefits that it would provide both producers and consumers.”

Section 32 is a permanent appropriation USDA uses to support non-farm program commodities while enhancing nutrition programs. According to AFBF, prices for live market hogs have plunged to levels not seen in nearly a decade. “Producers face uncertainty and a dismal outlook for their industry,” Stallman said.

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation