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USDA Food Box Upends the FMMO Dairy

USDA extended the contracts for a second round of the Food Box Distribution program last week; the new round will run through 30 August. There were 205 contracts awarded; 189 were extended, 11 were not extended based on performance, and 16 new contractors were added and awarded with an additional $202 million in contracts. This round might be the end of the program as the $3 billion budget that was reserved for 15 May through the end of 2020 will be almost all used up. By the end of this second round, $2.68 billion will have been spent. According to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the agency “may elect to extend the period of performance of the contracts” to use up the $330 million that would remain on 1 Sept...

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