Farm Bill Includes Provisions for Indian Country
On February 4, 2014 Congress passed the “Farm Bill” which authorizes funding for federal agricultural and nutrition programs for the next five years. Although it was disappointing that the SNAP program was cut by $8.6 billion dollars, hurting millions of families that struggle to put food on the table, there were other parts of the bill that will help Indian Country. Here is a highlight of some of those changes shared by the National Congress of American Indians:
Feasibility Study, Report, and Demonstration Project for Tribal Administration of Federal Food Assistance Programs-Section 4004
With tribal consultation, the Department of Agriculture will study the potential for tribes to administer federal food assistance programs for their respective communities, which are currently administered by the states. The study and a written report will be completed within 18 months.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Traditional Foods Demonstration Project (FDPIR)-Section 4004
This project will allow the FDPIR program to include foods produced locally by American Indian farmers, ranchers, and producers, rather than solely relying on USDA food purchased outside of reservation economies that is shipped to tribal communities for distribution.
These are just some of the provisions for Indian Country included in the Farm Bill. You can read the full NCAI alert here.