Federal food programs will spend $30 million to buy additional pork for school lunch and other uses, which drew applause from farm-state politicians representing pork producers who are struggling financially.
“Through no fault of their own, hog farmers across my state and the country are facing some of the lowest prices in years,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said. “This announced purchase is going to deliver safe and nutritious pork to needy families. The government is getting a good value for our money, and families are going to get much needed protein in their diet.”
Franken said the federal purchase will not cure pork problems, but said it is a good first step.
The senator said he will encourage China to resume importing Minnesota pork.