Trade Mitigation Programs

On August 27, 2018 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorizing up to $12 billion in trade mitigation programs, which is directly in line with the estimated impact of unjustified tariffs on U.S. agriculture. The Department will be using three different programs to facilitate this mitigation:

  • The Market Facilitation Program
  • The Food Purchase and Distribution Program, and
  • The Agricultural Trade Promotion Program

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will administer the Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities. The specific commodities to be purchased are those impacted by unjustified tariffs imposed by other nations.

Amounts to be purchased are based on an economic analysis of the damage caused by tariffs illegally imposed on these crops by some U.S. trade partners. The chart below sets forth the commodities that will be purchased by AMS through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program.

Farmers and vendors can learn more on the AMS webpage, Selling Food to USDA.

For details on purchases as they happen, visit the solicitations page.

Food Purchases

Commodity

 Target Amount (in $1,000s)

Apples

$93,400

Apricots

$200

Beef

$14,800

Blueberries

$1,700

Cranberries

$32,800

Dairy

$84,900

Figs

$15

Grapefruit

$700

Grapes

$48,200

Hazelnuts

$2,100

Kidney Beans

$14,200

Lemons/Limes

$3,400

Lentils

$1,800

Macadamia

$7,700

Navy Beans

$18,000

Oranges (Fresh)

$55,600

Orange Juice

$24,000

Peanut Butter

$12,300

Pears

$1,400

Peas

$11,800

Pecans

$16,000

Pistachios

$85,200

Plums/Prunes

$18,700

Pork

$558,800

Potatoes

$44,500

Rice

$48,100

Strawberries

$1,500

Sweet Corn

$2,400

Walnuts

$34,600

Total

$1,238,800

Purchases will be spread over several months.  USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program and child nutrition programs.

For more information regarding the Food Purchase and Distribution Program please contact Christopher Purdy at Christopher.Purdy@ams.usda.gov or 202-720-3209.