The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to $170 million of chicken, pork, lamb and catfish to help support farmers suffering from the worst drought in 56 years, with purchases going towards food nutrition assistance programs like food banks, according to reports.

“At this very difficult economic time for chicken producers due to the severe drought and impending corn shortage that will unfortunately continue well into the future, the National Chicken Council is grateful to the USDA for working promptly and effectively with the NCC to have a special bonus purchase program for chicken,” said council President Mike Brown.  “By providing chicken through this program, the USDA will help feed many economically-stressed Americans while at the same time helping to stabilize the chicken market."

The National Pork Producers Council also said it will work with the USDA to help pork producers through the drought. “This purchase will help pork producers who are struggling with the effects of this severe drought, which has adversely affected much of the nation’s corn crop," said council President R.C. Hunt.