Joseph Damaso, Policy Liaison for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and Lexie Holden, Associate Director of Policy & Government Relations for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, led our fourth webinar in our Farm Bill series. Together they discussed Title III of the Farm Bill, the trade title. Keep reading for an overview of Title III, its importance to Indian Country, information about our next webinar, and the link to Damaso's presentation slides.
Whether it is between countries or between Tribes, trade is essential to agriculture. Tribes have a long, well-established practice of trading food, agriculture products, and goods of all kinds. Our Intertribal trade routes and traditions are preserved in our oral and written histories predating the creation of the United States.
Tribes have expressed general support for many of the other programs authorized in the Trade Title, including: the Food for Peace Act & Food for Peace Program; the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program: the Local and Regional Procurement Program, the Export Credit Guarantee Program; the Foreign Market Development Program; the Emerging Markets Program; the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program; the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978; the Foreign Market Cooperator Program; and other Agricultural Trade Laws important for the creation and sustaining of markets for American food products.
Tribes engaged in the Market Access Program with the Intertribal Agriculture Council see the benefit to their food systems and agriculture production at food trade shows around the world.
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Our next webinar covering Title IV of the Farm Bill, the nutrition title, will be livestreamed from our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages on Friday, April 1st at 3 pm EST. We hope to see you there!