Upcoming USDA 2018 Farm Bill Listening Sessions:
March 19-22

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is holding five listening sessions regarding implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition encourages tribal leaders to participate in these listening sessions or submit comments online. For more information, visit farmers.gov/farmbill .

Most importantly, the NFBC encourages tribal leaders to advocate for in-person, regional government-to-government tribal consultations, and allow for USDA agencies and state-level officials to host meetings and listening sessions to ensure full engagement of Indian Country during Farm Bill implementation.

Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Listening Session (webinar)
March 19, 2-3 p.m. EDT
USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services is soliciting input on SNAP.

Research, Education and Economics Mission Area Listening Session (in person)
March 21, 1 p.m. EDT
USDA’s Research, Education and Economics is soliciting input on Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Office of the Chief Scientist programs at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Register before March 20 by emailing REElistens@usda.gov.

Marketing and Regulatory Programs Listening Session (by phone)
March 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT
USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs is soliciting input on the animal health provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Natural Resources and Environment Listening Session (in person)
March 22, 1-3 p.m. EDT
USDA’s Forest Service is soliciting input on Farm Bill provisions affecting the Forest Service at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Register by emailing Rebekah.Rodriguez@usda.gov .

Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Listening Session (in person)
March 22, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT
USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is soliciting input on its programs at USDA in the Whitten Building in Washington, D.C.
Register before March 20 to provide comments on food assistance and fellowship and exchange programs by emailing ppded@fas.usda.gov and on export market development programs by emailing odadmin@fas.usda.gov.