The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced, earlier this week, plans to purchase poultry products for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs.

Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. Solicitations will be issued in the near future and will be available electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a telephone conference call on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM Central Time. During the call, AMS Commodity Procurement staff will explain the program requirements and answer any questions industry may have. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-844-9904. The participant code for the call is 1801764#. Questions may be submitted in advance to Glenn Reid, glenn.reid@usda.gov not later than 3:00 p.m. CT Thursday, July 11, 2019. Click https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-chicken-products-purchase-program-announced-1 to read the full announcement.