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USDA News & Events

July 3, 2017

From the USDA Office of Tribal Relations (07/03/2017)

The Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) serves as a single point of contact for Tribal issues and works to ensure that relevant programs and policies are efficient, easy to understand, accessible, and developed in consultation with the American Indians and Alaskan Native constituents they impact. If you have a question or suggestion on the format or distribution of these newsletters, please contact Josiah Griffin, Lead Outreach Coordinator, Office of Tribal Relations, at Josiah.Griffin@osec.usda.gov.

TOP NEWS

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

Grants, Loans, and Other Programs

Events

News

Request for Nominations

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Grants, Loans, & Other Programs

CONSERVATION & FORESTRY

News

EDUCATION, INTERNSHIPS, & EMPLOYMENT

Research and Development Grants

Additional Announcements

TOP NEWS

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and First Nations Development Institute will be hosting the Food Sovereignty Summit, October 2-5, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The three day Summit will feature innovative tribal and community-based programs aimed at increasing local food system control; experiential learning field sessions focused on aquaponics, environmental restoration, grazing and apply harvesting and distribution. Register now by visiting www.firstnations.org/summit. 

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

Grants, Loans, and Other Programs

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces its intent to award up to $4.85 million to fund cooperative agreements under the Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States Program. The Request for Application (RFA) includes two (2) competitive funding categories: (a) up to $99,999; and (b) $100,000 and above (not to exceed the state’s maximum allocation).

Crop insurance and information programs should target States where there is traditionally, and continues to be, a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program. The States with this designation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

NEWS RELEASE – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Nov. 1, 2016, to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017.

If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, the producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2017 crop should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program. Producers who made their elections in 2015 must still enroll during the 2017 enrollment period.

Events

Title Date (Time) Overview Registration Link
Summer Meals Matter July 6 (1:00PM ET) Creating an appealing, high-quality Summer Meal Program menu is important to the success of your program and can draw more children to attend and gain the support of parents. Menus that include a variety of healthy food while addressing cultural preferences, can attract children and gain the support of parents. Other considerations that come into play as you design your menus are how to budget for the best quality meal and what to do about curbing waste.  Hear from program providers on what they do to develop their summer menus, how they’ve improved quality, and how to get feedback from the children being served at sites. Register

Online

News

BLOG – The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened County Committee nominations and needs your help. Each county office is looking for producers to serve on the local county committee. County Committee elections are held annually in every county. Each year, FSA accepts nominations for a certain Local Administrative Area (LAA) and the LAA up for election rotates each year. If your LAA is up for election this year, please nominate yourself or another producer to serve on the FSA County Committee.

County Committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level and are comprised of three to 11 members who serve three year terms. Producers who serve on committees help decide the kinds of programs their counties will offer and work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

Request for Nominations

NEWS RELEASE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for candidates to fill 13 member and 13 alternate positions on the Cotton Board.

The Cotton Board represents Domestic cotton producers and importers. Nominations are made by certified producer organizations (CPO) and certified importer organizations (CIO). The CPOs and the CIOs will caucus to nominate two qualified persons for each open position representing their state. The Secretary of Agriculture then appoints members and alternates from the list of nominees.

Appointees will serve terms that begin on Jan. 1, 2018, and end Dec. 31, 2020.

Producer caucuses will be held between July 6 and 20 as follows:

Louisiana Thursday, July 6

10 a.m. CT

North Carolina Monday, July 10

4 p.m. ET

Arkansas Wednesday, July 19

8 a.m. CT

California Wednesday, July 19

10:30 a.m. PT (following the Pima Matching)

Mississippi Thursday, July 20

8 a.m. CT

Texas Thursday, July 20

11 a.m. CT

Importers will caucus Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. ET in Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board.

Nominations will be accepted from the following regions: Region 1 (Alaska, Oregon, and Washington), Region 3 (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming), Region 4 (Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas), Region 5 (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota), Region 6 (Wisconsin), Region 7 (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska), Region 8 (Idaho), Region 9 (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia), Region 10 (Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia), and Region 12 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont).  The Secretary will appoint two members for Region 4 and Region 6, and one for each of the remaining regions and the dairy importer position.

NEWS RELEASE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the American Egg Board for the 2018-2019 term.

Any non-exempt egg producer within the 48 contiguous U.S. and the District of Columbia may be nominated. Egg producers owning 75,000 or fewer laying hens may request an exemption from participation in the egg Research and Promotion Program. An egg producer must be nominated by a USDA-certified organization and submit a completed application.

NEWS RELEASE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill an upcoming vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal advisory committee helping develop standards for substances used in organic production and advising the Secretary of Agriculture on the National Organics Program.

The 15 member NOSB includes four organic farmers; two handlers; three experts in environmental protection and resource conservation; three representatives of public interest or consumer groups; an expert in toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; an organic retailer; and an organic certifying agent representative. For this Call for Nominations, the USDA seeks applications from individuals with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation.

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Grants, Loans, & Other Programs

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) assists low- and very low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in rural areas in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

USDA Rural Development will make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) to provide associations Technical Assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

 Application Deadline: July 25, 2017 – Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant

The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a Notice published in the Federal Register and an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

The Rural Community Development Initiative Grant provides funding to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

CONSERVATION & FORESTRY

News

NEWS RELEASE – A new certification program enables agricultural producers to let consumers know they are farming in ways that benefit bees. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation partnered with Oregon Tilth to develop and launch the Bee Better Certified program.

 

NEWS RELEASE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a two-year implementation strategy to help private landowners restore and protect 400,000 acres of longleaf pine forests, a unique but imperiled landscape of the Southeast.

 

Through the strategy, NRCS furthers its ongoing effort to use existing Farm Bill programs and other resources to increase the abundance and improve the health of longleaf pine forests in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

EDUCATION, INTERNSHIPS, & EMPLOYMENT

Research and Development Grants

The AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area focuses on understanding the interaction between climate variability and agricultural production systems so that we can develop the plants, animals and management systems that will be robust and productive under changing environmental conditions; while also providing the important ecosystem services needed from these lands (e.g., healthy soils, clean air, clean water). Goals of this challenge area include providing risk management information and tools to enable land managers to stay viable and productive and reducing the use of energy, nitrogen, and water, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants. Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities.  Applications should be submitted to Grants.gov.

Additional Announcements

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the opening of up to 20 VISTA positions available at up to 10 tribal governments and tribal communities throughout the United States.

VISTA positions are paid positions providing benefits, educational benefits upon successful completion of the assignment, living and housing assistance, child care (if applicable) and related support. VISTA members who are “Native Food Sovereignty Fellows” will work closely with IFAI and receive ongoing training and assistance from IFAI to augment their local work.

Space is limited, and IFAI is looking to fill positions quickly – Apply now!

 

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This information forwarded to you by the Intertribal Agriculture Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaskan Tribes. The IAC has over the last decade become recognized as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian country.

For more information, please visit http://www.IndianAgLink.com or contact:

Donita A. Fischer
Public Relations Director

donita@indianaglink.com

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