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A Resource Directory for Indian Country
NCAI-Version 1.0, January 2021

USDA-NIFA AgVet Grant Application Guide

Download the application guide here.

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has launched the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive (AgVets) Grants Program (Funding Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-007512), meant to enhance the number of U.S. Veterans engaged in a career in agriculture or food systems. The deadline is June 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET, and the opportunity can be found here. Only 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations may apply.

This grant funding seeks to grant $9.595 million in FY20 for unique and powerful strategies and programs that tackle the increasing average age seen in agricultural producers. Programs created as a result of grant funding should seek to successfully engage our veterans in both classroom and hands on education to best prepare them for a lifelong career, with further emphasis on teaming up with educational institutions and existing Veteran servicing programs and services.

Find the Native American Agriculture Fund’s application guide here, which breaks down the qualities that strong applications should strive for, quickly identifies useful contact info and deadlines, and concisely describes application requirements.

NAAF has developed a webinar to walk interested applicants through the application guide and the application process of the AgVet grant opportunity.

NAAF - USDA-NIFA AgVet Application Guide Webinar

USDA NASS Presentation

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) conducts a wide variety of economic research on agriculture across the country. Here you will find a recent overview presentation on Native agriculture.

Download the presentation

Tax Returns

In accordance with our Trust Agreement, NAAF will post each year’s tax return to our website. Please see available documents below.

2018 Tax Return

2019 Tax Returns

Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements

Mapping Native American Financial Institutions

The link below showcases the headquarters and asset sizes of institutions that are owned by and/or serving the financial needs of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

See the map and overview here

Agriculture Extension in Indian Country: Perspectives from Native Leaders

Trustee Joe Hiller and CEO Janie Hipp have both written on the importance of and challenges around agriculture extension in Indian Country. Take a look at their writings and interviews below.

  • ‘Absolutely discriminatory’: Access to federal agriculture resources lacking in Indian Country | Southerly Magazine | Irina Zhorov | November 2019 | Link
  • A Time for Substance: Confronting Funding Inequities at Land Grant Institutions | Tribal College Journal | Dr. Mike Martin and Janie Hipp | February 2018 | Link
  • Land Grants: Back to the Future | Choices Magazine | Dr. Mike Martin and Janie Hipp | 3rd Quarter 2016 | Link
  • Is 10% Good Enough? Cooperative Extension Work in Indian Country | Journal of Extension | Dr. Joe Hiller | December 2005 | Link

USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain

These useful infographics show which USDA programs offer services for different sectors of the food supply chain (eg. conservation, production, processing, shipping, etc.)

View the supply chain graphic here.

View contact information graphic here.