USDA to Buy Meat During Drought

(CNN) — The Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

The purchase for food banks and other federal food nutrition programs will help producers struggling with the high cost of feed.

The Obama administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, opening more federal land for grazing, and distributing $30 million to get water to livestock.

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