USDA buys food to help farmers during drought

TOPEKA, Kan. – Little rain has corn crops drying up across the country making the price of livestock feed skyrocket.

Help is on the way to desperate farmers. The government just announced plans for a massive meat buy up.  

The USDA’s purchase of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish aims to help food banks and federal nutrition programs.

Farmers say anything being done to help during hard times like this is a good thing.

"I can see it coming real soon,” said Janene Gier. “If we don't get rain soon to kind of get the crops growing or the grass growing out there then they're going to be starting them on hay soon, or taking them to the sale barn.”

More than half of the country has been declared a natural disaster zone in what is now the worst drought, in more than 50 years. 

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