The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed into law in 2014 to further the food safety of produce produced and consumed by the public. The US Food and Drug Administration was tasked to develop and implement regulations related to FSMA. Included in this is a comprehensive effort to train growers and suppliers such that they meet certification requirements of FSMA. FDA is working with public and private partners to ensure training programs meet the needs of those who must comply with the new FSMA standards, no matter their size, nature or location. It is important to make sure that those involved in the food supply chain know what training and education resources are available and how to gain access to the trainings.
Understanding and implementing produce safety practices are important to the safety of fruits and vegetables and to the viability of their farm business. Produce safety practices may be required by many buyers, as well as federal regulation if the farm is subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
In September 2016, the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas was named as the Native American Tribal Center for Food Safety Outreach, Education, Training and Technical Assistance. IFAI is cooperating with a wide array of partners, including the Intertribal Agricultural Council, to bring a series of webinars and face-to-face certification trainings to tribal producers and food businesses to fulfill requirements of FSMA. The four primary regulations that concern Tribal producer and food businesses are the Produce Safety Rule, The Preventive Control Act for Human Food, The Preventive Control Act for Animal Food and the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, all of which are summarized on our Food Safety page:
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The 2015 Feeding Ourselves report – commissioned by the American Heart Association and its Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Echo Hawk Consulting, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AHA – calls for tribes, the federal government and philanthropic organizations to serve as agents of change in Native food access.
Across Indian Country, tribal communities are rewriting a history of separation from their traditional foods. The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative conducted this food scan on behalf of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, which has a long standing commitment to improving health equity and supporting food systems change. The scan is a snapshot of some of the good work happening in Indian Country.
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By Zachary Ilbery, IAC Intern Recently six Intertribal Agriculture Council Youth Ambassadors had the opportunity to travel to Billings, Montana, to attend the National US Cattlemen's Association Producer Forum where they were a part of panel discussions about risk...read more
Consultation on U.S. Department of Agriculture Reorganization National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention and Marketplace October 19, 2017 (6 pm CT) Wisconsin Center, Room 103D/E 400 W Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 In May 2017, Agriculture Secretary...read more
IFAI supporters John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, and Jodi Gillette, policy advisor for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP, spoke at the First Americans and New Americans gathering on Sept. 14 held at the John F. Kennedy...read more
The Summit, attended by IFAI Director Janie Simms Hipp and Policy Director Colby Duren, explores ways to drive investment to rural America to grow the economy, create jobs, and improve the quality of life. Speakers and panel discussions will focus on: – investing in...read more
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The Quapaw Tribe is ready to debut its processing plant to produce USDA-approved bison and cattle meat, the first of its kind for Native American tribes. The $1 million, 25,000-square-foot facility will help make healthy and culturally relevant food available to its...read more
By Dan Moore American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Tribal Agritourism Consultant Find this article on AIANTA's website here. “I’ve never seen it this vibrant and exciting around Agriculture, including Agritourism in Indian Country” - Janie Simms Hipp,...read more
The Pacific Regional Summit will bring Native Youth ages 15-18 together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience about the issues they will be facing as the next generation of food & agriculture leaders in the Pacific region. This program is open to both enrolled...read more
Deadline: September 1, 2017 The Department of Interior announced more than $52 million in funding to Native American tribes and state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. Tribal Wildlife...read more
This year's Northwest Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit will be held September 9 - 11, 2017, at the Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton, Oregon. We look forward to receiving your application and learning more about your interest in food and agriculture....read more
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