In the midst of the worst drought in decades, the Pentagon is considering increasing its meat purchases to take advantage of lower prices and help struggling ranchers.
Under orders from President Barack Obama, the Defense Department may buy more beef, pork and lamb to fill its chow halls around the world.
America's service members already devour 94 million pounds of beef, 64 million pounds of pork and 500,000 pounds of lamb each year.
The worst drought in decades is devastating the midsection of the U.S., drying up pastures, and slashing expected corn and soybean production. As feed costs spike and grazing lands die out, ranchers are selling more livestock, driving the prices down for now.