The NCC said the move would help balance the supply and demand situation in the market, as well as providing continued employment in the poultry industry.
The purpose of the program is to encourage domestic consumption of chicken products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce.
To be eligible to submit offers, potential contractors must meet the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) vendor qualification requirements and all purchases will be made through USDA’s web-based supply chain management system.
“It is a real victory for chicken producers, rural America and US agriculture,” said NCC president Mike Brown. “But the real winners are the actual recipients of these programs that provide high-quality and nutritious chicken to financially-stressed families, group feeding kitchens, disaster-relief operations, schools and consumers needing food assistance.
“On behalf of US chicken producers, I want to thank Secretary Perdue for this timely action and for his steadfast leadership at USDA, and commend the dedicated officials at the Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Nutrition Service.”
USDA is aiming to open up markets for US poultry after experiencing a difficult year due to trade tensions with international markets.
US poultry was recently granted access to the Moroccan market for the first time after providing assurances for the safety of the product. The African country previously prohibited imports of US poultry.