USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

August 29, 2018
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This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details regarding a short-term relief strategy to assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets while the Administration works to open new export markets. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs to assist with recent international trade challenges impacting American farmers.  

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.5 million of frozen strawberries. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.

AMS will purchase these frozen strawberries in four phases with the first phase of the program beginning in 2018 and additional purchases in 2019.

An analysis of data available on frozen strawberry purchases for FY 2018 to date:


Pounds   

Dollars   

  FROZEN CUPS 

58,930,200   

$81,474,847   

  SLICES FRZ CTN-30 LB

5,702,400   

$5,800,389   

  SLICES UNSWT IQF CTN-6/5 LB 

4,752,000   

$5,622,76   

  WHOLE UNSWT IQF CTN-6/5 LB

4,158,000   

$4,728,312   


73,542,600   

$92,003,548   

To view AMS's frozen strawberry purchase data, including pounds sold and the dollar amount paid, by product, visit: https://link.calstrawberry.com/2d496