Advocate for full FDPIR 638 Pilot Program funding

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. The provision was first introduced by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) and Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-NM) in S. 2804, the Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity, and Sustainability (“CROPS”) for Indian Country Act , which allows tribal governments to purchase culturally relevant foods directly from tribal farmers, ranchers and producers thus stimulating a tribal food economy.
Eye on Appropriations
Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will markup up its FY 2020 appropriations package. Section 757 of the bill appropriates $3 million for the FDPIR 638 Pilot Program to remain available until September 30, 2021.