USDA takes 'modest first step' to address dairy woes

Agency to buy $20 million in surplus cheese products to aid dairy producers.

In welcome news to dairy producers on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million lb. of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.

The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy

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