State of Native Agriculture Address

State of Native Agriculture Address

Feb 16, 2023

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) invites farmers, ranchers, producers, Tribal leaders, and community members to the inaugural State of Native Agriculture Address. Broadcast on March 9 at 12:00 p.m. CT, this is the first virtual event of its kind highlighting the current state of Tribal agricultural economies and the leadership of the Native American producers and Tribes revitalizing our economies, feeding our people, and building our future for generations to come. 

“This is an essential time for elevating the priorities for Tribes and Native producers as Indian Country continues to strengthen Tribal food sovereignty, food security, and agriculture infrastructure. This broadcast aims to showcase the diversity and the growing economic impact of Tribal agricultural systems throughout rural America. This is Native agriculture in action, this is Indian Country helping ourselves and our neighbors,” says Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, NAAF CEO.   

Keynote Speakers

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • Senator Tina Smith, U.S. Senator for Minnesota, Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry 
  • Administrator Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency 
  • Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund, USDA Equity Commission Member 
  • Kari Jo Lawrence, Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Co-Chair of the Native Farm Bill Coalition, USDA Equity Commission Agriculture Subcommittee Member  
  • Cole Miller, Vice-Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and co-chair of the Native Farm Bill Coalition 

The virtual broadcast will be featured on the Native American Agriculture Fund social media channels.

Register for reminders leading up to the virtual broadcast, here.


About the Native American Agriculture Fund:

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers. The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community.