Farm animals, chickens, and cattle can now be fed by the White House’s agricultural advisers and other government agencies.
But a USDA spokesman says there’s been no effort to buy farm products from the White Houses staff.
“This is all part of the USDA’s mission to support the nation’s farmers,” the spokesman, Doug Miller, said in a statement.
“The White House does not currently buy USDA farm products.”
The USDA does buy from some of the White houses suppliers, Miller said, but the White house “is not currently buying any products from any of these suppliers.”
White House spokeswoman Dana W. Brand said Wednesday that the administration does buy farm-related products from suppliers “on a regular basis,” including “wheat and corn flour.”
The White house, she said, has “great respect for the work that USDA does to help farmers.”
But Brand said the Whitehouses staff does not buy farm and garden products.
She said the administration is “looking at ways to bring more food into the kitchen, and we are actively working with the agriculture community.”
She added that the Whitehouse “continues to have a great relationship” with the USDA.
White House officials say they are also looking into buying products from some USDA suppliers, including wheat, corn, soybeans and cotton.
Brand said the USDA “will continue to have great relationships” with its suppliers.
She also said the “government continues to purchase USDA agricultural products on a regular base.”