International trade fights are having an unexpected upside for Indiana programs that focus on feeding the hungry.
To make up in part for the lost overseas markets, the U-S Department of Agriculture is buying much more food from producers – which ends up at food banks and pantries.
Josh Trenary with the Indiana Pork Producers Association says the government bought ten times as much pork this year than in the past – so much, in fact, it was a challenge at first.
But he says it’s the kind of problem feeding programs like to have.
The trade situation remains in flux, but Trenary says the mitigation program looks likely to continue for at least one more year.