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USDA to buy meat to help farmers

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The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish.

Ag secretary Tom Vilsack says the meat will go to food banks and other federal food programs, and will help producers struggling with the high cost of feed.

The USDA says it will purchase up to $100 million of pork products, up to $10 million of catfish products, up to $50 million in chicken products, and up to $10 million of lamb products.

The Obama administration is also 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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