T he 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. Additionally, the USDA Office of Tribal Relations will accept written comments to include in the official record of these consultations. Tribal leaders must submit written comments to  tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov   by  Tuesday, July 2, 9:30 p.m. EDT .
 
If your tribe did not attend one of the consultations, has not yet submitted written comments or would like to provide additional comments, please consider doing so by next Tuesday. It is important that your tribe’s concerns and voice be heard on key implementation matters.
 
To assist you in writing your tribe’s own comments, please see this  updated template letter  highlighting important Farm Bill implementation items. Please contact the USDA Office of Tribal Relations at  tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov  or 202-205-2249 if you have any questions.