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.

Funding 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 opportunities outside of NAAF.

Educational Opportunities

Do you want to gain more experience in agriculture? Look here for additional educational and job opportunities outside of NAAF with a wide range from beginning to advance positions.

Public Points of Interests

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 ag.

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

Have you already established yourself in your career and are looking to share your experiences? We need Native voices to provide insight on the challenges faced in the agriculture sector to secure a path for future generations through informed policy change.

Funding Opportunities

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.
Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA Grants & Opportunities

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. A 25% match is required.

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible. Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations
  • Food Councils
  • Economic development corporations
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations
  • Producer networks or associations
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities
  • Tribal governments

Visit the USDA grant services for more information here.

Economic Impact Initiative Grants- open

USDA

Currently open

This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.

To learn more visit the USDA website here.

HIRING - Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)

Hiring:

  • Invasive Species Control Aide
  • Fisheries Technician (9 month)
  • Fisheries Aide – Spring 2022
  • Creel Worker – 2022 Spring Fishing Season
  • Creel Worker – Wisconsin

For more information, visit the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission’s website at https://glifwc.org/

Educational Opportunities

Native Farm Bill Coalition Webinars - biweekly on Fridays

Native Farm Bill Coalition

Hosted Biweekly on Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s bi-weekly webinar series. Our eighth webinar in the series is about Title VII of the Farm Bill: Research. 

Sign up for the reminder here: https://bit.ly/NFBC128. The webinar will be livestreamed across our social media platforms; there is no Zoom link. Just log onto Facebook or Twitter, find our page, and join us!

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

Public Points of Interest

Tribal Leaders: FSA Administrator Seeks Nominations for 2022 County Committee Elections - June 15 to August 1, 2022

USDA Farm Service Agency

June 15 – August 1

Tribal Leaders: FSA Administrator Seeks Nominations for 2022 County Committee Elections

Do you know a tribal agricultural producer interested in serving on a local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee? Now is the time to submit that person’s name as a nominee. FSA is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. The USDA delivers those services through the County Committees.

Any farmer and rancher participating or cooperating in an FSA program residing within the local administrative area that is up for election – and of legal voting age – can be a candidate. FSA county committees play a vital and relevant role in delivering important federal agricultural programs.

Fill out the form at the USDA County Commissions website here.

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

Tribal Consultations