Policy Briefings

Policy Brief – June 11, 2024

Summary USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service seeks nominations for four positions on the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production  There is a Federal Register Notice about a proposed rule on Poultry Grower Payment Systems;...

Policy Brief – June 4, 2024

Summary USDA kicks off a week of Tribal consultations at NCAI mid-year to discuss self-determination policies in forestry, food safety, and nutrition programs as well as other topics. Registration for the Food and Nutrition Programs consultation remains open. Access...

Policy Brief – May 28, 2024

Summary USDA is holding multiple consultations at NCAI mid-year in early June to discuss self-determination policies in forestry, food safety, and nutrition programs as well as other topics. Access IFAI’s briefing documents here. On June 5, there is a consultation on...

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Native Farm Bill Coalition

The Farm Bill is a large piece of legislation that passes every five years, and it determines funding for USDA programs. It typically includes 12 separate titles focused on everything from nutrition to crop insurance, and has a profound impact on Indian Country.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) brings together the voices of Tribes, intertribal organizations, other Native organizations and non-Native allies around the country to advocate with a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C., to advance investments in Native agricultural production, rural infrastructure, economic development, conservation, and forestry.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition was formed in 2017 ahead of the 2018 the largest-ever coordinated effort in Indian County around federal food, agriculture, and nutrition policy. The NFBC was co-founded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) as the Coalition’s official research partner. Learn more about the Native Farm Bill Coalition at www.nativefarmbill.com.

Approximately every five years, Congress passes a new Farm Bill that sets programs, funding, and eligibility for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. These programs impact nutrition, farming, ranching, and production, rural development, utility and internet access, and more across the U.S., Indian Country included.

IFAI’s curated tracker offers an analysis of the 2018 Farm Bill’s Indian Country-specific provisions and offers a look at opportunities for Indian Country agriculture in the next Farm Bill.

Click the button below to access IFAI’s tracker. 

Please note, this is a living resource that IFAI updates frequently.

Recent Publications and Infographics

Publications & Infographics – 2013 – 2022

Indain Country Stats - A Brief overview of Indian Country

Indian Country Stats - A Brief overview of Indian Country

Reimagining Hunger Responses in Times of Crisis

Reimagining Hunger Responses in Times of Crisis

Child Nutrition Programs in Indian Country

Child Nutrition Programs in Indian Country

Child Nutrition Programs in Indian Country

SNAP Highlights

Public Law No: 117 - 58

Public Law No: 117 - 58

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

After-school Meals

Traditional Foods in FDPIR

Intertribal Food Systems Report

Intertribal Food Systems Report

Agricultural Resource Management Plan Process

Agricultural Resource Management Plan Process

After-school Meals

Child Nutrition Facts

School Meals: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

School Meals: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program in Schools

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program in Schools

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638)

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638)

Market Access Program

Market Access Program

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Program Highlight: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Program Highlight: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Economic Development Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Economic Development Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Program Highlight: Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)

Program Highlight: Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)

Special Milk Program

Special Milk Program

NRCS Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFAs)

NRCS Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFAs)

Program Highlight: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Program Highlight: Natural Resources Conservation Service

2017 Census of Agriculture Update

2017 Census of Agriculture Update

Policy Analysis

The 2018 Farm Bill and the Legal Landscape for Industrial Hemp Production in Indian Country

The 2018 Farm Bill and the Legal Landscape for Industrial Hemp Production in Indian Country

Regaining Our Future: An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Regaining Our Future: An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Jamie Simms Hipp & Colby D. Duren (2018)

Optimizing Distribution Center Location and Delivery Schemes for the USDA's Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Optimizing Distribution Center Location and Delivery Schemes for the USDA's Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Karli Moore, Et Al. (2018)

Building Indian Country's Future Through Food, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Economic Development in the 2018 Farm Bill

Building Indian Country's Future Through Food, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Economic Development in the 2018 Farm Bill

Janie Simms Hipp, Colby D. Duren, and Erin S. Parker (2018)

Tribal Consultation for Food, Safety, and Trade

Tribal Consultation for Food, Safety, and Trade

Economic Development Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Tribal Consultation Farming, Ranching, and Conservation

Creating a Tribal Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain

Creating a Tribal Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain

Agricultural Resource Management Plan Process

Building Indian Country's Future Through Food, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Economic Development in the 2018 Farm Bill

Tribal Consultation Briefing Materials

Developing and Implementing a National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

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