REGAINING OUR FUTURE
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:
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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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Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) Director Janie Simms Hipp addressed the United Nations Department of Economic and Social AffairsInternational Expert Group on Jan. 24, 2018. Her 30-minute presentation covered topics including the impact of the...read more
We are excited to announce our 5th annual Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit at the University of Arkansas School of Law! The 2018 Summit is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian youth, ages 15-18 (including recently...read more
The Ag Census shows the importance and value of agriculture on reservation lands and provides the public and Tribal officials with crop and livestock information. It is important that every producer be reflected in the data so that no operation or community is...read more