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Food Security, Equity, and the Farm Bill

September 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am 11:30 pm PDT

$25 SAFSF Member / $40 Non-member funder



Funder-Only Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the inequity, fragility and failures of our food and agricultural system. Those outcomes are not inevitable but rather, have been shaped by public policy, or the lack thereof. If there has ever been a time to lean in and fund movements to turn the tide on public policy, this is the time. The next crisis could very well be triggered by climate change. We must do better. Funders must have a collaborative effort around federal climate, food, and agriculture policy if we want to win structural and systemic change.

Please join us online for our 2020 Policy Outlook and Strategy Series: Climate, Agriculture, Farm Bill 2023. We look forward to engaging in discussion and strategy with you!

This is the third pre-conference session of the 2020 Policy Outlook and Strategy Series, view entire program details here.


Food Security, Equity, and the Farm Bill

COVID-19 has made it impossible for anyone in America to ignore the fragility and inequities in our country’s food system. These problems are not new, but the ripple effects of the pandemic have leveled serious threats to the ability of everyday people to feed themselves and their families. The focus on this webinar will be to explore the historical context and inequities of federal food and agriculture policy, and how this has led to widespread food insecurity with specific communities disproportionately burdened. From there we will move towards a discussion of how the Farm Bill currently seeks to address hunger and nutrition, including where it falls short, and how anti-hunger groups and the Native Farm Bill Coalition are working to address hunger and food insecurity both through COVID response legislation as well as in the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill debate.


Colby Duren, director, Native Farm Bill Coalition / Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Colby is the Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas – Office of Economic Development (IFAI). He previously served as Policy Director and Staff Attorney for IFAI since 2017. Colby has over 11 years of experience in federal Indian law and policy, with a specific focus on food, agriculture, nutrition, natural resources, and economic development, which includes work on three Farm Bills.

Prior to joining the Initiative, Colby served as Staff Attorney and Legislative Counsel for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of Tribal Nations on land, natural resources, and agriculture issues. He previously was a Legal Assistant for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) Washington, DC office, and a Paralegal and Legislative Assistant at a Washington, DC law firm specializing in food and agriculture, and represented Tribes on land reparation and agriculture issues.

Colby earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is a student in the University of Arkansas School of Law Agricultural and Food Law LL.M. Program. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2016, Colby was nominated by the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC for its Significant Contribution in Indian Law Award for his work on environmental issues in Indian Country, and he was also recognized by the Intertribal Agriculture Council membership in December 2018 for his work supporting Tribal governments and Tribal producers in the development of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Noah Fulmer, director of national partnerships, Fair Food Network (moderator)

Noah works with groups across the country to plan and implement healthy food incentive programs based on Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks model. Previously, Noah co-founded and led Farm Fresh Rhode Island, an organization that develops and operates innovative food system infrastructure in the nation’s smallest state. Farm Fresh runs farmers markets with nutrition education and healthy food incentives, a local food processing kitchen, and a multi-farm wholesale aggregation and delivery program.

Ricardo Salvador, director and senior scientist, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

RICARDO SALVADOR is an agronomist, with specializations in the culture of maize, crop production techniques, sustainability and systems analysis. He has been an extensionist with Texas A&M University, associate professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, program officer for Food, Health and Wellbeing with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and currently serves as the director and senior scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ricardo’s undergraduate degree in agricultural science is from New Mexico State University, and his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in crop production and physiology are from Iowa State University. At UCS, Ricardo leads a team of 10 scientists, economists, policy analysts, communications and outreach specialists, with the goal of shifting the narrative around food so that decision-makers, media, and informed citizens recognize and act upon the knowledge that modern, sustainable practices can be highly productive while also protecting the environment, producing healthy food, and creating economic opportunity.

Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Stacy Dean is the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She directs CBPP’s food assistance team, which publishes frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities and develops policies to improve them. 

Dean’s team also works closely with program administrators, policymakers, and non-profit organizations to improve federal nutrition programs and provide eligible low-income families with easier access to benefits. She brings her deep programmatic and operational knowledge along with a strong strategic sense to help advance CBPP’s priorities. 

In addition to her work on federal nutrition programs, Dean directs CBPP efforts to integrate the delivery of health and human services programs at the state and local levels. 

Dean has testified before Congress and spoken extensively to national and state non-profit groups. She has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Politico, as well as the Associated Press. 

Dean joined CBPP in 1997 as a Senior Policy Analyst working on national policy issues such as the federal budget, SNAP, and benefits for immigrants. Previously, as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, she worked on policy development, regulatory and legislative review, and budgetary process and execution for a variety of income support programs. 

Dean earned her B.A. and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. She sits on the Board of Social Interest Solutions, a non-profit technology firm. 

You can follow her on Twitter @DeanCBPP.