Policy Research and Legal Analysis

Model Tribal Food and Agriculture Code

The model code is a free resource available on It is a foundational document, intended as a starting point for Tribes exercising their sovereignty in the space of food and agriculture. Example model code chapters include, but are not limited to:

Traditional Foods and Seeds

Health and Nutrition

Agricultural and Food Safety


Land Use

Agricultural Business Entities


2017 Census of Agriculture Update

Public Law No: 117 - 58

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Pathways to FDPIR “638” Self-Determination

Child Nutrition Programs in Indian Country

Economic Development Opportunities in the 2018 Farm Bill

Agricultural Resource Management Plan Process

After-school Meals

Program Highlight: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

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

Special Milk Program

Program Highlight: Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)

Market Access Program

School Meals: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program in Schools

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

NRCS Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFAs)

Program Highlight: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Indain Country Stats - A Brief overview of Indian Country

Policy Analysis

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

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)

Karli Moore, Et Al. (2018)


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 Farming, Ranching, and Conservation

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

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