Moran Asks USDA to Prioritize Wheat in Food Aid Programs
USAgNet - 08/19/2016
Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas has written a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith, urging the USDA and USAID to prioritize
wheat in U.S. food aid in order to reduce global insecurity and to address the historic wheat harvest in the U.S.
Moran says although high yields have depressed prices, they represent an opportunity to increase shipments of wheat through food aid programs, continuing the U.S.ís position as a leader in the fight against global hunger. The U.S. contributes nearly half of all
in-kind donations to food insecure countries.
The letter also urges the Obama administration to consider the role of wheat as the most consumed commodity worldwide and encourages them to increase wheat in their food aid programs.