The USDA has issued a food stamp office in South Dakota, where dogs are used to feed the elderly, and dogs are being bred to hunt feral cats.
A food stamp officer will be assigned to the office.
Food stamp offices are often a source of controversy.
They are sometimes touted as a way to make sure poor people don’t starve and make it easier for people to receive benefits.
A Food and Drug Administration official said the office will have to prove that it will provide better nutrition for people who have a family member with a food allergy.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The USDA previously spent $400,000 on food stamp offices in Alabama and Kentucky.
South Dakota is one of nine states where dogs have been bred to fight feral cats, according to a 2011 article in The Hill newspaper.
The agency has said that the breeding program will help feed more people.
The South Dakota Food and Nutrition Service says the dogs are trained to hunt cats that have been living in the woods, and they will also be trained to find feral cats that eat food, and will also work to find lost cats and other stray cats that need food.
The agency has been working on a food bank for the elderly in the state since January.