IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 23 Aug 2016 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Public procurement, nes

On August 23, 2016 the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories, valued at $20 million. The cheese will then be provided to families in need across the country through nutrition assistance programs. Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1935 authorizes USDA to utilize fiscal year 2016 funds to purchase surplus food to benefit food banks and families in need through its nutrition assistance programs.

In announcing this purchase, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack acknowledged “that the nation's dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions,” and characterized the commodity purchase as “part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need." The department received requests for an immediate dairy purchase from Congress, the National Farmers Union, the American Farm Bureau, and the National Milk Producers Federation.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

222 Other dairy products
0406 Cheese and curd.
040610 Fresh (unripened or uncured) cheese, including whey cheese, and curd
040620 Grated or powdered cheese, of all kinds
040630 Processed cheese, not grated or powdered
040640 Blueveined cheese and other cheese containing veins produced by Penicillium roqueforti
040690 Other cheese

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