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Eye on Congress: June 5th-9th


Congress is back in session this week and coming out swinging. There will be six hearing this week relevant to Indian Country Priorities in the Farm Bill. The NFBC's research partners at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative will be monitoring these hearings to keep an eye on any relevant information shared.


Hearing: House Committee on Agriculture (Full Committee) - Tuesday, June 6th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: The Future of Digital Assets: Providing Clarity for Digital Asset Spot Markets

Witnesses: TBC


Hearing: House Committee on Agriculture (Full Committee) - Wednesday, June 7th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: Innovation, Employment, Integrity, and Health: Opportunities for Modernization in Title IV

Witnesses: TBC


Hearing: Senate Committee on Budget – Wednesday, June 7th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: Cultivating Stewardship: Examining the Changing Agricultural Landscape

Witnesses:

· Mr. Brandon Willis – Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics Utah State University

· Mr. Bruan Sievers – Chief Operating Officer of Sievers Family Farms and Director of Government Relations, Roeslein Alternative Energy

· Mr. Martin Larsen – Larsen Family Farm & Byron Area Farmers Group

· Mr. Brent Johnson – President, Iowa Farm Bureau


Hearing: Senate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research – Wednesday, June 7th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: Horticulture Title: How the Farm Bill Works for Specialty Crop Producers

Witnesses:

· Mr. Chris Alonzo – Owner/Operator, Pietro Farms

· Mr. Charles A. Wingard – Vice President Field Operations, Walter P. Rawl and Sons

· Ms. Diana Kobus – Executive Director, PCO Certified Organic

· Mr. Nicholas Carter – Owner, Mud Creek Farm; Co-Founder, Market Wagon

· Dr. Margaret Leigh Worthington – Associate Professor Horticulture, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture


Hearing: House Committee on Natural Resources/ Indian and Insular Affairs Subcommittee

Wednesday, June 7th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 630; 1240; 1722; 2461; 2839; 3371


Hearing: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources- Thursday, June 8th @ 10:00 a.m. ET

Topic: Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Federal Response to Escalating Wildfires and to Evaluate Reforms to Land Management and Wildland Firefighter Recruitment and Retention



Upcoming Tribal Consultation/ Listening Sessions:


Title of Event: FDPIR Tribal Leader Consultation Work Group Tribal Consultation

Date and time: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 @ 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About: Quarterly Work Group Meeting (Framing Papers to follow)

Location: 2023 Tribal Self-Governance Conference @ River Spirit Resort & Casino – Tulsa, OK


Title of Event: Commodity Supplemental Food Program Tribal Consultation

Date and time: June 28, 2023 @ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

About: Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Location: 2023 Tribal Self-Governance Conference @ River Spirit Resort & Casino – Tulsa, OK



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