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Tribal Consultations

The Office of Tribal Relations serves as the single point of contact for consultation with American Indian and Alaskan Native Governments and continues to refine the consultation process to ensure strong partnerships that will preserve Tribal sovereignty and result in high quality service for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and other constituents.

Upcoming Consultations/Listening Sessions

  1. Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Monthly Conference Call

    The conference call will focus only on sections of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-334, the Farm Bill, which was signed into law on December 20, 2018) that focus on FDPIR. Section 4003 of the Farm Bill includes several important provisions for FDPIR. Please join us to discuss the implementation process for these provisions.

    Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
    Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern Time
    FNS Host: Administrator Brandon Lipps / Senior Associate Administrator for Policy Pam Miller
    Tribal Leader Chair: Councilwoman Jennifer McLeod
    Conference Line: (800) 288-8976
    Conference Name: Farm Bill / FDPIR Implementation
    Conference ID: 464903
  2. APHIS Listening Session on Farm Bill Animal Health Provisions

    Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

    To participate in the listening session, we ask that you please register in advance by clicking on the link below and providing your name, organization and email address. Once you submit your information, you will promptly receive an email that includes the call-in number and a unique conference code to enter the call. You will also have the opportunity to join by webinar. The listening session will be recorded. If you would like to make other colleagues aware of this event, please forward them the link below. To avoid any problems connecting to the call, do not share your unique code.

    Registration Link: ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=813122

Upcoming Webinars

  1. Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program – Opioid Fiscal 2019 Webinar

    Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2019
    Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time

    The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program-Opioid. This program is specifically relating to projects to support treatment for, and prevention of, opioid use disorder in rural areas. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application. A separate webinar series will be hosted for applications under the “Traditional” DLT program.

    To register, follow this Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program meeting registration. If the link above does not work, please copy and paste cc.readytalk.com/r/xy0prfzzd0g2&eom.
  2. Community Connect Grant Program Fiscal Year 2019 Webinar

    Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
    Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Eastern Time

    The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Community Connect Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application.

    To register, follow this Community Connect Grant Program Overview meeting registration. If this registration link does not work, please copy and paste cc.readytalk.com/r/xmp21iy0m0pj&eom.
  3. 2018 Farm Bill Webinar on the Domestic Hemp Production Program

    Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The Specialty Crops Program is conducting a webinar to solicit public comments on the sections of the 2018 USDA Farm Bill relative to multiple sections dealing with industrial hemp. Up to 1,000 people at a time may view the webinar; however, time constraints will allow only 60 speakers during the webinar and it will not include a Question and Answer session. Speakers will have a maximum time limit of three minutes and must submit a written copy of their comments to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov by March 11, 2019.

To register, please visit zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L2G9K7cXTkayQ2O1_0AP0g. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For questions regarding the listening session, please email Jeff Davis at jeffrey.davis4@ams.usda.gov. For additional information on the marketing program, visit the Marketing Program for the Commercial Production of Hemp webpage.

Previous Consultations

February 14, 2019 – Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Leaders Consultation Work Group (PDF, 434 KB)

June 11, 2018 – Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Tribal Consultation Invitation (PDF, 760 KB) | FDPIR Tribal Consultation Agenda (PDF, 198 KB)

May 14-15, 2018 – Invitation to New Mexico 2018 Farm Bill Consultation (PDF, 515 KB) | Agenda for New Mexico 2018 Farm Bill Consultation (PDF, 347 KB)

October 19, 2017 - Deputy Secretary Censky Consulting on USDA Reorganization in Milwaukee, WI (PDF, 118 KB)

Previous Listening Sessions

February 14, 2019 - USDA Food and Nutrition Service Listening Session

October 20, 2018 – Invite and Agenda for USDA General Listening Session at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention (PDF, 711 KB)