Sept. 20-22, 2022 | InterContinental Hotel, St. Paul, MN

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) and Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) are partnering to offer Native Lenders a FINPACK Credit Analysis Training. Topics covered will include credit analysis tools and the use of FINPACK+ for credit underwriting and management. NAAF can sponsor a yearly subscription for FinPack. Since 2020, NAAF has funded subscriptions for 16 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). All travel costs are sponsored by NAAF, the event is free to attend.
🗓 November 13-15 | 📍 Oklahoma City, OK
Travel Scholarship for Native Veterans
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) has partnered with Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to gather input from Native veterans on what they need to support their agriculture production.

The 2022 Native Veteran Travel Scholarship will support Native veterans interested in agriculture to attend the Farmer Veteran Coalition's annual conference. The conference will take place November 13-15 in Oklahoma City, OK. All travel expenses will be covered by the Native American Agriculture Fund.

"Many producers, and in particular Native Americans, are facing unprecedented times. The perfect storm of issues such as climate, inflation, supply chain, COVID-19, farmland values, and poor market prices in certain areas could lead us into another Farm Financial Crisis. Many of the issues felt in the 1980s have been exacerbated with additional challenges facing today’s farmers. The IRA, although not perfect, could be a lifeline for many producers that will not make it without help now. Naysayers of the IRA are not looking at the immediate need of producers.” - Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund.
National Agriculture in the Classroom Webpage
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) partnered with the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) to encourage teachers of Native American students to attend the 2022 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Those 14 teachers were interviewed throughout the conference and will begin sharing their experiences with their communities and students as the 2022-2023 school year starts.

To learn more about the conference and the teacher's experiences visit our website.
Native Governance Job Posting
Program Director
$80,000 - $90,000 Annual Salary

Native Governance Center (NGC) is a values-driven organization in an exciting growth stage and is seeking a program director to join our leadership team. This position directs NGC’s programming, including Community Engagement, Tribal Governance Support, Leadership Development, and special projects, as well as provides direct consulting services to Native nations. Our ideal candidate is a perceptive and agile manager who has deep roots in Indian country, a great communicator, and an activator who can move the work forward. We want someone who can be in the weeds, and on the balcony, managing for both the current state and future possibilities. This role may require travel up to 40% of the time.
The USDA announces $550 million in Funding for Projects Benefiting Underserved Producers and Minority Serving Institutions that Create Career Development Opportunities for Next Generation Leaders
NAAF applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their commitment to the next generation of agriculture professionals. This funding is provided through Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act and it will "help ensure underserved producers have the resources, tools, programs, and technical support they need to succeed," as stated by the USDA.

This funding may be used to support projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, markets, student scholarships, paid internships, fellowships, and other job and training opportunities at eligible institutions, including Tribal Colleges and Alaska Native-serving institutions.

Deadline: October 28, 2022

Deadline: October 25, 2022
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Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Policy Program

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance Native food systems through diversifying economic development opportunities. With NAAF funding, IFAI provides opportunities for Native youth through leadership training on issues of access to capital and climate resiliency. 

IFAI hosted this Policy Program to inspire students and to show them how policy and agriculture intertwine.
Student Experiences -

“I learned there was a lot more to agriculture than just growing produce.”
“I learned that teamwork is KEY and having an open mind and being able to express or voice your passion can take you a long way.”
“I learned about the problems that are in the Farm Bill and why they need to change in order to benefit native agriculturists.”
“It was good to learn together because we all contributed to getting the wider eye of governance.”

Akiptan Named One of Three USDA Lenders for Heirs’ Property Relending Program

USDA announces Akiptan Inc. as an intermediary lender in the USDA's Heirs' Property Relending Program (HPRP). This program will help heirs resolve land ownership and succession issues to better retain ancestral land.

Akiptan Inc. is a grantee of NAAF providing access to capital for Native agriculture.

Read more about the USDA Press Release.