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Huizenga Applauds USDA Purchase to Help West Michigan Farmers, Growers, and Food Banks

Washington, May 5, 2020

Last night, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released the following statement after the US Department of Agriculture announced it was purchasing $5 million in asparagus, $30 million in pork, $20 million in tart cherries, $120 million in dairy products, and $50 million in turkey products in addition to a host of other produce and protein. West Michigan is known as a national leader in the production of both asparagus and cherries while also contributing significantly in the production of dairy, pork, and turkey.

“The decision made by the USDA to purchase additional asparagus, tart cherries, dairy, pork, and turkey will add much needed certainty for West Michigan farmers and growers,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “With this announcement, West Michigan agriculture can play a leading role in increasing food security for families impacted by the coronavirus.”

“President Trump has authorized USDA to support our farmers affected by this national emergency and this action to purchase food and deliver to those in need further demonstrates his unwavering support for the American people during these unprecedented times,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “America’s farmers and ranchers have experienced a dislocated supply chain caused by the Coronavirus. USDA is in the unique position to purchase these foods and deliver them to the hungry Americans who need it most.”

Congressman Huizenga has been actively engaged in fighting for West Michigan farmers and their families. On each of these agricultural products, Rep. Huizenga has pushed the Department of Agriculture to act in a manner that helps farmers and community members in need.

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