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Building Indian Country’s Future through the 2018 Farm Bill

By Janie Simms Hipp, Colby D. Duren and Erin Parker Journal of Food Law & Policy: Vol. 14: No. 1, Article 7 Agriculture is, and has always been, important to Indian Country. According to the data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the most...

Every Farm Counts, By Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council

Every Farm Counts By Zach Ducheneaux Intertribal Agriculture Council In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census...

RELEASE: USDA Announces Pilot Program to Increase Homeownership Opportunities on Native Lands

Department is Partnering with Native Community Development Financial Institutions WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a pilot program to...

USDA announces Community Connect Grant Program webinars

USDA Webinars Regarding the Community Connect Grant Program   April 5, 1 pm EDT April 10, 1 pm EDT The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Community Connect Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility...

Emerging Leaders Fund seeks nonprofit organization nominations

The Claneil Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fund cohort. We are looking for emerging, high-potential nonprofit organizations in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions led by executive directors who think outside of the box and have a...


The 2018 Farm Bill will significantly impact the five million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States.

To help Native American communities shape this massive legislation, the SMSC commissioned Regaining Our Future to analyze the risks and opportunities for Indian Country in the 2018 Farm Bill.

This report, authored by Janie Simms Hipp and Colby D. Duren of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, is the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Farm Bill issues as they relate to Indigenous populations in the United States.

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: