USDA to buy $5M in lamb products

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WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture plans to spend $5 million to buy lamb products for federal nutrition assistance programs, according to the agency's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

AMS buys a variety of food products annually to support the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters.

“The domestic lamb industry faces various market challenges. Increased imports, weather problems and excess supply have added new pressures on the industry,” said Anne Alonzo, AMS administrator. “This purchase will help relieve pressure on American lamb producers and will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA's nutrition programs."
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By JanWindsong 7/19/2013 11:38:33 AM
My tax dollars are now being used to support a market that does not exist? Hey! How about some of those tax dollars coming my way - my market share has depleted, competition from outsourcing and general stale economic exchange has left me high and dry. I could use some of that $5million. Maybe they could just get a job? But really, I do understand, how else is BLM going to justify allowing millions of sheep to overgraze the public land? But that is sort of like double dipping now isn't it?