WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA will donate 11,910 metric tons of soybean meal and 6,000 tons of feed peas to Land O'Lakes, an agricultural cooperative, for use in the Philippines.

Land O'Lakes will sell the agricultural commodities in the Philippines and use the proceeds to facilitate dairy herd and cooperative development, increase the number of milk processing plants, enhance milk consumption and marketing systems, and improve milk quality.

The donation will be made under USDA's Food for Progress program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. The supply period for this donation is fiscal year 2006.

The Food for Progress program provides for USDA donations of agricultural commodities to needy countries to encourage economic or agricultural reforms that foster free enterprise. This year, USDA expects to donate around 560,000 tons of U.S. commodities to 28 countries under Food for Progress.

SOURCE: USDA FAS news release.