NFU says USDA investments are a good start for a more resilient food system
The USDA has announced investments to make the U.S. food system more resilient.
National Farmers Union Rob Larew says this is good news for the industry.
“Ag Secretary Vilsack has talked about making the food system a much more resilient system for farmers, consumers, and everybody through the line,” he says.
He tells Brownfield the coronavirus pandemic has worsened existing problems including cattle markets, food distribution, and more.
“I think if we can put in place methods to make the food system more resilient, not only in getting food security met for folks who are hungry but all those other pieces on the line, it’s ultimately going to be better for everyone,” he says.
Last week the USDA announced it will invest $4 billion to strengthen the food system, support food production, improve processing, invest in distribution and aggregation, and increase market opportunities. The announcement is in addition to the $1 billion announced the week before to build food bank capacity and purchase healthy food for food insecure Americans.