About the Native American Agriculture Fund
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is a private, charitable trust serving Native farmers and ranchers created from the historic Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation settlement.
The Trust’s Mission shall be to make grants to Eligible Grant Recipients, described in section 8, to fund the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to Native American farmers and ranchers to support and promote their continued engagement in agriculture.
USDA Debt Relief to Distressed Farm Loan Borrowers: Tax Implications and What to Prepare For
On October 18, 2022 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that distressed borrowers with qualifying USDA farm loans recently received nearly $800 million in assistance. This funding was mainly derived from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), with some additional resources coming from the COVID-19 Pandemic Relief. Through the IRA, USDA was directed to expedite services to distressed borrowers with either direct or guaranteed loans. Many Native American farmers, ranchers, and producers will receive debt relief before the end of 2022.
The Native American Agriculture Fund has partnered with Rob Holcomb, a tax expert at the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, as a resource to Native farmers, ranchers, and producers to provide financial education as these payments are released.
Reimagining Hunger Responses in Times of Crisis
Learn more about findings and recommendations from a survey which illuminates the challenges of food security in Indian Country during COVID-19 and the Tribally-driven solutions needed to address those challenges head on.
Stay Engaged with NAAF
- Building Native Agriculture Series
- Quarterly Marketing Reports
- Cooperative Virtual Conference
- Access to Capital