native agriculture advocacy

How You can Impact Native Ag

Are you a Native ag producer, advocate, or tribal leader? Here are some resources that can help you get involved and help uplift tribal voices in agriculture. Feel free to share these resources with anyone you believe would be interested.

Public Comments

Are you a Native ag producer or tribal leader? If so, you have crucial insight on the needs and experiences of tribal citizens. We need your input on how to better facilitate to your local Native communities in all sectors of modern society. Come join our discussions and help uplift Native voices.

Tribal Listening Sessions

The Department of the Interior is hosting a series of listening sessions for tribal leaders to give direction in various programs. Come join the discussion and advocate for various issues and ensure that Native people have a say in federal policies.

Tribal Consultations

Do you have experience in land and water stewardship? Have you already established yourself in your career and are looking to share your experiences? We need strong Native voices to provide insight on the challenges faced in your career to clear a path for future generations through informed policy change.

Funding and Educational Opportunities

Are you looking for a way to start your agriculture career or help the next generation become invested in a career in agriculture? Come check out what other organizations have in funding, educational and job opportunities outside of NAAF.

Public Comments

NAFSA's Food & Culinary program - no due date

Native American Food Soverignty Alliance

Opened Oct. 14, 2021

NAFSA is seeking community input to help direct and develop their Food and Culinary Program! 

NAFSA’s Food & Culinary program is cultivating a network of food preparers and is developing peer-to-peer learning opportunities that support the revitalization of these traditional foodways. As our staff continue to build off previous community listening sessions in order to develop this relatively new program, we are seeking feedback from community members who are engaged in food preparation at home or in a community setting. This questionnaire is a part of a larger assessment process that NAFSA is beginning which will inform the development of future programming and resources.

To participate, visit bit.ly/NAFSAfcqa. This questionnaire is estimated to take less than 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are anonymous and individual responses will not be shared outside of the NAFSA program staff. The results of this survey will guide our Food and Culinary program planning for 2022 and will be shared with our community.

If you have any questions about the results, how this data will be used, or your participation in this survey, please contact Kristina Stanley at stanleyk@nativefoodalliance.org.

Tribal Listening Sessions

Relocation, Managed Retreat, and Protect-in-place issues in Alaska - Week of Nov. 29th, date TBD

Department of Interior

Week of November 29, TBD during Providers Conference

Held at BIA Provider’s Conference

Below are some general questions to help you begin to develop responses to share during the session:

  • What resources have you successfully obtained thus far? What successes have you had?
  • What challenges have you experienced? What needs do you have from the Federal government to address this issue?

Agenda and registration information coming soon!

For registration and updates, you can visit bia.gov 

Tribal Consultations

No Current Ag Tribal Consultations

We will update when more are available.

Funding and Educational Opportunities

Native Farm to School Webinar Series, Season 2 - no deadline

First Nations Development Institute

Oct. 14, 2021-Jan. 20, 2022

The Native Farm to School Webinar Series showcases best practices, shares available resources, and provides an open forum and Q&A sessions for discussing challenges. The series is designed to help individuals who have an existing model for a Native Farm to School initiative – or who are interested in starting one – connect with Native audiences.

Nest webinar: Tribal Food Sovereignty and Developing a Native Farm to School Program. Oct. 28, 2021. 12 pm MT. Register for this session here.

For updates, registration and more information on past webinars click this link

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program - No due date, applications reviewed until funds run out

USDA Rural Development

Applications are reviewed on a consistent basis until all funds are used. Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office.
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
To more and apply click here.
Rural Energy for America Program – Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans and Grants - March 31, 2022 for unrestricted grants and loan/grant combination

USDA Rural Development

Due Nov. 1, 2021

Note: The deadline is for grant applications for $20,000 or less and combination loan and grant applications of $20,000 or less. Unrestricted grants and loan/grant combination applications are due by March 31, 2022.

The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy-efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.

For more information on how to apply click here.

Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program - Due November 29

NOAA

Due: November 29, 2021

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Program administers a yearly grant competition that annually funds approximately 40 projects for $10M that lead to the promotion, development, and marketing of U.S. fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to the U.S. fishing and marine aquaculture industries and applications which involve:

  • Fishing or aquaculture community participation aimed at helping seafood communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish or farm.
  • Making full use of those species that are currently under federal or state fishery management plans.
  • Addressing the socioeconomic impacts of overfishing and overcapacity.

U.S. fisheries include any commercial fishery, recreational fishery, or marine aquaculture operation that is, or maybe, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants. The competition is open to applicants from a variety of sectors, including individuals, industry, academia, and state and local governments.

To learn more about the grant and to apply clickhere.

Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Aquaculture Health Plan Webinar - December 1, 1:00 pm CST

These webinars are designed to give you a better insight in how APHIS is helping to protect U.S. and Tribal agricultural and natural resources—and citizens—from animal and plant disease and pest threats.

The National Aquaculture Health Plan & Standards (NAHP&S) establishes guidance for national disease reporting, laboratory and testing standardization, surveillance, response, biosecurity, data management, and education and training, which will benefit the nation’s aquaculture health. It also outlines health inspection options to provide consistent and verifiable ways to establish, maintain and certify the health and safety of aquatic livestock, and lists the actions USDA will take in each of these areas to implement the plan. These actions will support the overall health of the aquaculture industry, which will provide protection and assurance for producers of farm-raised aquatic animals in the United States.

They appreciate your ongoing partnership in safeguarding our agriculture, and hope you will join this event. If you have questions about the webinar, please contact ONTL Program Analyst Denise Salvetti at denise.salvetti@usda.gov. Also, you can reach out to the Aquaculture Program Leader Katthleen Hartman at kathleen.h.hartman@usda.gov.

Join through the web.

Join through Zoom.

Specialty Crop Multi-State Program - Due December 6

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service

Due: December 6, 2021

Note: Non-State entities, including Tribal Nations, residing in a Participant State are ineligible to apply directly through AMS. To see if a state is a Participant State, click here.

The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) offers grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion.

Funds are competitively awarded to state departments of agriculture and entities in nonparticipating states within any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

For more information and how to apply click here.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program - Due December 15

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Due: December 15, 2021

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program support grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture.

The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education, and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific detail.

To learn more and apply, click here.

FACT’s 2021-22 Fund-a-Farmer Grants - Due January 20, 2022, 11:59pm CT

FACT awards competitive grants of up to $3,000 to working, independent farmers located in the U.S. who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, ducks, geese, goats, laying hens, pigs, sheep and/or turkeys. Before submitting your online application, please read the complete set of eligibility guidelines found on the Food Animal Concerns Trust website.

Grants will be awarded in March 2022.