Coalition alerts

COVID-19: Food & ag policy solutions for tribes and tribal producers
April 22, 2020

When Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, it provided essential funding for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. However, in order to ensure that tribal governments, tribal producers and Indian Country nutrition assistance programs are fully supported, Congress must take additional legislative action… Read more.


Attend virtual meeting with USDA Secretary Perdue on COVID-19 and food programs
April 16, 2020

Tribal leaders are invited to join U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Lipps on a briefing call on Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. ET …Read more.


A COVID-19 update
March 30, 2020

During these difficult and trying times, we want to provide you all with an update on actions by the Native Farm Bill Coalition in response to the COVID-19 emergency and its impact on tribes and tribal producers, and resources from our partners…Read more.


Upcoming Farm Bill discussions and listening sessions with the USDA
January 24, 2020

Tribes will have the opportunity to participate in important discussions and listening sessions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the National Congress of American Indians’ 2020 Executive Council Winter Session this February 10-13…Read more.


Comment online: USDA’s proposed changes to SNAP utility allowances
November 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service requests comments on proposed changes to how utility expenses are calculated for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits…Read more.


Comment today: USDA’s changes to FDPIR administrative match requirements
November 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests comments on new changes to administrative match requirements for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations…Read more.


Talking points available: USDA Food and Nutrition Service tribal listening session
October 23, 2019

Tomorrow, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service is hosting a tribal listening session at the National Congress of American Indians 76th Annual Convention & Marketplace in Albuquerque…Read more.


Encourage the USDA to host a tribal consultation on industrial hemp provisions
September 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service is quickly approaching its deadline to release new regulations related to the industrial hemp provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Submit comments on proposed SNAP rule by September 23
September 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a new change to categorical eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…Read more.


2018 Farm Bill: Final opportunity to provide comments to the USDA
June 28, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture held two official tribal consultations on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2 and yesterday, June 27…Read more.


Prep session preceding today’s USDA tribal consultation at NCAI Mid Year
June 27, 2019

Both the attendance and the quality of discussion at yesterday afternoon’s Farm Bill breakout session during the NCAI Mid Year Conference were so outstanding that we ran out of time!…Read more.


DEADLINE TODAY: RSVP for the USDA Farm Bill tribal consultation at NCAI Mid Year
June 21, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session and tribal consultation on the 2018 Farm Bill in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference…Read more.


Reminder: Webinar and conference call for hemp production this week
June 12, 2019

Discuss the tribal authority to grow hemp pursuant to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bill authorities and related considerations for tribal governments interested in entering the hemp market…Read more.


Reminder: RSVP for the USDA tribal consultation at NCAI Mid Year
June 10, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session and tribal consultation on the 2018 Farm Bill in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference. Both events will be held at Nugget Casino & Resort in Sparks, Nevada…Read more.


Join us for upcoming webinars on hemp and Farm Bill appropriations
June 6, 2019

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is hosting two webinars this month related to the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: the new tribal authority to grow hemp and appropriations to support tribal-specific programs…Read more.


USDA tribal consultation at NCAI Mid Year
June 3, 2019

The United States Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session and tribal consultation on the 2018 Farm Bill in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians Midyear Conference. Both events will be held at Nugget Casino & Resort in Sparks, Nevada…Read more.


Join us for upcoming webinars on hemp and Farm Bill appropriations
May 31, 2019

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is hosting two webinars this month related to the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: the new tribal authority to grow hemp and appropriations to support tribal-specific programs…Read more.


Register now: Farm Bill webinar on June 7
May 31, 2019

Don’t miss our latest webinar on the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


The latest on hemp: Upcoming webinar and listening sessions
May 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently issued a statement which clarifies avenues for tribal participation under authorities in the 2014 Farm Bill to grow industrial hemp for research purposes during the 2019 growing season…Read more.


Take action: Advocate for full FDPIR 638 Pilot Program funding
May 23, 2019

Section 4003(b) of the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes an additional $5 million for tribal organizations to enter into 638 self-determination contracts to procure foods for FDPIR packages – a major victory for Indian Country…Read more.


New number and reminder: USDA Forestry Service listening session webinar tomorrow
May 14, 2019

This is a reminder about tomorrow’s USDA Forestry Service listening session webinar on Wednesday, May 15, from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT…Read more.


Congressional leaders reintroduce the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act
May 2, 2019

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) reintroduced the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act…Read more.


Submit written comments on 2018 Farm Bill by Monday, May 6
May 1, 2019

If you were unable to attend the in-person U.S. Department of Agriculture tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill this week in Washington, D.C., the Office of Tribal Relations will accept written testimony through Monday, May 6, 2019…Read more.


How to participate in the 2018 Farm Bill consultation with the USDA
April 29, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill later this week in Washington, D.C…Read more.


USDA Tribal Consultation prep webinar recap and talking points
April 23, 2019

Thank you for participating in our recent webinar to prepare for the May 1-2, 2019, U.S. Department of Agriculture tribal consultation on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill… Read more.


Join us for a new webinar: Child Nutrition Reauthorization
April 17, 2019

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is hosting a webinar on Monday, April 29, from 2-3 p.m. CDT on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization…Read more.


WEBINAR TODAY: 2018 Farm Bill consultation with the USDA
April 15, 2019

Don’t miss today’s webinar about the upcoming U.S. Department of Agriculture tribal consultation regarding the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Webinar scheduled: Prepare for 2018 Farm Bill consultation with the USDA
April 11, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C…Read more.


Action alert: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act
April 8, 2019

On Wednesday, April 10, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing to begin its discussion on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization…Read more.


Action alert: USDA tribal consultation scheduled, SNAP comment period extended
April 5, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C…Read more.


Reminder: Provide comments on new SNAP rule by April 2
March 27, 2019

As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently proposed harsh changes to a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that will take away food assistance from the communities that need it most , including American Indian and Alaska Natives communities who rely on SNAP to put food on the table each month…Read more.


Action alert: More USDA Farm Bill listening sessions this week
March 18, 2019

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding five listening sessions regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill….Read more.


Provide your comments on new SNAP rules
March 14, 2019

Just months after Congress reauthorized the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) without changes to work requirements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed changes to a rule that will take away food assistance from the communities that need them most through harsh changes to SNAP…Read more.


Action alert: Upcoming USDA Farm Bill webinar listening sessions
March 12, 2019

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding two webinar listening sessions regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Weigh in on Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations 638 pilot funding
March 7, 2019

Section 4003(b) of the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes an additional $5 million for tribal organizations to enter into 638 self-determination contracts to procure foods for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations packages – a major victory for Indian Country…Read more.


Action alert: Farm Bill listening session and comment submissions
February 21, 2019

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture has scheduled a listening session regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Reminder: Farm Bill webinar today
February 6, 2019

Please join us for today’s webinar, where we’ll take a deeper dive into the 63 tribal-specific provisions included in the final 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Farm Bill webinar: Join us Wednesday
February 4, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a historic number of provisions for tribal governments, Native producers and Indian Country…Read more.


Join us next week for a webinar on the 2018 Farm Bill!
January 31, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December with a historic number of provisions for tribal governments, Native producers and Indian Country…Read more.


Watch live today: Impacts of the government shutdown on Indian Country
January 15, 2019

With the current federal government partial shutdown of the USDA, BIA, IHS and other federal agencies, many essential federal nutrition assistance programs—like the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)—could run out of funding by the end of January, ending food assistance for 90,000-100,000 tribal citizens…Read more.


Action alert: Urge Congress to act on funding tribal food assistance programs
January 4, 2019

With the current federal government partial shutdown, many essential federal nutrition assistance programs—like the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)—could run out of funding by the end of January, ending food assistance for 90,000-100,000 tribal citizens. Action must be taken by Congress and the President to ensure that they do not lose access to the food provided by FDPIR…Read more.


Native American leaders hail 2018 Farm Bill as a “historic milestone” for Indian Country
December 19, 2018

The leaders of the Native Farm Bill Coalition today applauded the enactment of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, citing its 63 provisions relating to Native American communities and producers…Read more.


Senate passes Farm Bill; House vote expected today
December 12, 2018

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to advocate for provisions that support tribal sovereignty in the 2018 Farm Bill…Read more.


Native Farm Bill Coalition praises 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, urges swift passage
December 11, 2018

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is very pleased to see that dozens of provisions which its member tribes and tribal organizations sought were included in the final Farm Bill conference bill, which is set for an up or down vote over the next few days by both chambers of Congress…Read more.


Reminder: Important Farm Bill webinar tomorrow!
December 3, 2018

Last week, House and Senate Agriculture Committee members announced that they have reached an “agreement in principle” on the Farm Bill…Read more.


Farm Bill webinar: Join us for an important update on 12/4!
November 29, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone, and Congress has returned to work in Washington, D.C. this week for a “lame duck” session…Read more.


Please join us tomorrow at NCAI for breakfast and the Farm Bill
October 23, 2018

Are you in Denver for the National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention? Join us tomorrow morning for a special briefing on the Native Farm Bill Coalition!…Read more.


Reminder: NFBC briefing at NCAI Annual Convention!
October 19, 2018

Quick reminder: the Native Farm Bill Coalition will host an important briefing at National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention in Denver next week…Read more.


Join us at NCAI’s Annual Convention next week!
October 17, 2018

Are you – or someone from your tribe – attending the National Congress of American Indians’ 75th Annual Convention in Denver next week? If so, please plan to join us!…Read more.


Join us for a Farm Bill webinar on September 19!
September 17, 2018

Join us for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar on Wednesday, September 19, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss new Farm Bill developments and how you can help by contacting key members of Congress…Read more.


Register today for Tribal Unity Impact Days!
September 6, 2018

The National Congress of American Indians and its co-sponsors will host Tribal Unity Impact Days on September 12-13, 2018…Read more.


There is still time to act: Contact Farm Bill conferees!
August 30, 2018

It’s not too late for your voice to play a critical role in securing major wins for tribes and tribal producers!…Read more.


UPDATE: Join us for a Farm Bill webinar on August 29!
August 27, 2018

Join us for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar on Wednesday, August 29, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss new Farm Bill developments and how you can help by contacting key members of Congress…Read more.


Join us for a Farm Bill webinar on August 29!
August 27, 2018

Please join us for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar on Wednesday, August 29, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss new Farm Bill developments and how you can help by contacting key members of Congress…Read more.


ACTION NEEDED: Don’t forget to contact Farm Bill conferees!
August 16, 2018

There is still time for your voice to be heard! As you know, Farm Bill conference committee members have been named and there are a number of provisions that would be of historic importance to tribal governments and communities, Native producers and all of Indian Country…Read more.


Please join a Farm Bill webinar with key updates on August 16
August 13, 2018

Please join us for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar on Thursday, August 16, at 5 p.m. EDT to discuss new Farm Bill developments and how you can help by contacting key members of Congress…Read more.


ACTION NEEDED: Contact Farm Bill conferees!
August 9, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate have now named conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee…Read more.


Please join a Farm Bill webinar with key updates on August 8th!
August 7, 2018

Please join us for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar on Wednesday, August 8, at 1 pm EDT to discuss additional Farm Bill developments and specific calls to action in the coming weeks…Read more.


Please join us on Wednesday for a webinar featuring updates on the Farm Bill
July 30, 2018

Please join us on Wednesday, August 1, for an important webinar…Read more.


Please join a Farm Bill conference call with key Senate Democratic staff on the Farm Bill next Monday
July 12, 2018

Through the significant advocacy efforts of the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s many members, the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill includes an unprecedented number of provisions sought by tribal governments and Native producers…Read more.


Native Farm Bill Coalition praises Senate’s bipartisan Farm Bill
June 28, 2018

The member tribes and tribal organizations of the Native Farm Bill Coalition today praise the U.S. Senate’s passage of its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, and express their great appreciation to the bipartisan group of United States senators who worked to ensure that measures which are important to Native American tribes and producers were included to make this historic investment in Indian Country food and agriculture production, infrastructure, and economic development…Read more.


URGENT: Contact your senators today
June 25, 2018

At 5:30 p.m. EDT today, the U.S. Senate will the voting process (which is expected to take at least two days) on S. 3042 , the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (to be renumbered as the Senate’s version of H.R. 2)… Read more.


URGENT: Contact your senators about the Senate Farm Bill before Wednesday
June 11, 2018

This Wednesday morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to approve or reject an amendment after leadership released a bipartisan draft Farm Bill last Friday afternoon…Read more.


Native Farm Bill Coalition visits the Hill
May 25, 2018

Earlier this month, members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition met with the offices of 32 Members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House to advocate for Indian Country’s interests in the Farm Bill…Read more.


Native Farm Bill Coalition D.C. Fly-In: May 8-10
May 1, 2018

The Native Farm Bill Coalition invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in meetings in Washington, D.C., on May 8-10, 2018, to discuss specific risks and opportunities for Native American communities in the 2018 Farm Bill with Members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House…Read more.


Reminder: Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar TODAY
February 2, 2018

Last reminder: Tune in today for the next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar, beginning at 1 p.m. EST/noon CST/11 a.m. MST/10 a.m. PST/9 a.m. AKST…Read more.


THIS FRIDAY: Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar
January 30, 2018

This Friday, February 2, we’ll be hosting a webinar on the Native Farm Bill Coalition, particularly focused on issues of credit and rural development…Read more.


Next Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar: February 2
January 22, 2018

The Native Farm Bill Coalition continues to grow – more than 40 tribes, Native and intertribal organizations, and allied groups have joined so far!…Read more


TODAY: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
January 17, 2018

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on “Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country.”…Read more

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is a groundbreaking umbrella organization, formed to advocate for Native American interests in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is a groundbreaking umbrella organization, formed to advocate for Native American interests in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Indian Country faces some of the worst health disparities of any population group in the nation, and Native communities have the highest rate of reliance on federal feeding programs. Native producers, who represent the key to tribal food sovereignty and self-reliance, face major regulatory and financial obstacles. It is crucial for all of Indian Country and its allies to be at the table to help shape future legislation – tribes, intertribal groups, Native organizations serving urban and rural populations alike, and others.