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Thune's Native American Nutrition Tribal Assistance Amendment Passes Senate Ag Committee

The Committee is Considering the 2007 Farm Bill

October 24, 2007

Washington, D.C. —  The Senate Agriculture Committee today unanimously agreed to include Senator Thune's Native American Nutrition Tribal Assistance amendment to the Committee's markup of the 2007 Farm Bill. Senator Thune is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

This amendment would authorize $5 million per year, for the life of the 2007 Farm Bill, for the purchase and distribution of traditional, locally-grown food produced by Native American farmers, ranchers and producers.

"It is important for the federal government to assist tribes in the development and implementation of individually tailored nutrition programs. Tribes need the means to purchase traditional, locally grown crops such as wild rice and corn as well as tribally raised bison and salmon. Tribes should also have the opportunity to provide their own locally grown and fresh foods for tribal assistance programs. I am pleased that my fellow Committee Members agreed to add this important measure to the 2007 Farm Bill," said Thune.