The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) and the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) released a report to the White House Conference on Health, Hunger, and Nutrition from two virtual Tribal listening sessions hosted in June 2022. The report provides substantive policy recommendations that can be accomplished through federal agency action and legislative change in food access, nutrition and health equity.

These recommendations were created based on comments provided at both the June 10 and 20 virtual listening sessions and a NFBC Tribal caucus in advance of the Nation-to-Nation Virtual Tribal Consultation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House.
Food Systems Financing and Market Updates
Read the reports from our webinar on Food Systems Financing and Market Updates. Read the reports below for information about inflation, selling to the USDA, as well as organic and other claims-based marketing.
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Cooperatives in Indian Country
Deadline to Submit Application: August 5

The Cooperative Development Foundation is partnering with NAAF to develop curriculum and training to advance cooperatives in Tribal communities: The training is also available to entities that want to expand their knowledge of working with Tribal cooperatives and communities.

Applications to participate in providing feedback on the cooperative developer resources are open until August 5. Apply here:
FSA Nominations for 2022 County Committee Elections
Deadline: August 1

The Farm Service Agency of the US Department of Agriculture is holding county committee elections for 2022.

"Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers." Learn more from FSA here.

File nomination forms at your local USDA Service Center. 
Native Representation at Aspen Institute Environmental, Social, and Governance Summit
The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program hosted the inaugural Aspen ESG Summit at Aspen Meadows campus in Colorado July 11-13. This summit was a dialogue among business leaders along with long-term investors, corporate governance experts, and those who advise and regulate business to foster discussions about environmental, social, and governance frameworks. NAAF CEO, Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville) addressed the Business & Society Program on investing in Native American agriculture.
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Deadline to submit survey is July 31, 2022.

The results of this survey will contribute to a national Native Agriculture market study to determine what the unmet financing need is for Native producers amongst other barriers that, if addressed, would lead to greater prosperity and sustainability for Native Agriculture. Akiptan is collecting responses from all over Indian Country in hopes to understand the unique opportunities, challenges, and goals for producers in each region and state.
These results will influence the creation and/or expansion of services, loan and grant products, and policy efforts to meet these needs. Your responses are completely anonymous and will not be connected to your name or your business.

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