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.
Ryan Hussman
(Oglala Lakota)
Investment Associate
Ryan is currently enrolled at Oglala Lakota College, studying Business Administration. He has a passion for building community wealth and Indigenous-owned enterprises.

Katherine Rodriguez
(Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
Accounting Compliance Associate
Katherine is a graduate from Yakima Valley College, with a BAS in Business Management. Before joining NAAF, Katherine worked as a loan officer in mortgage lending for over 3 years.

Food Systems Financing and Market Updates
Do you want to know current market trends in agriculture and food? Our two reports cover current trends and market insights for both Native producers and Native families at large. These reports, a $500 value, is FREE and available to all Native producers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index in May of 2022 food at home prices jumped nearly 12 % over the past year, making the largest 12-month increase in 43 years. Due to supply disruptions, lingering COVID-19 concerns, the war in Ukraine, drought, and other factors, businesses are trying to find ways to survive an inflated market and families are trying to manage rising prices of food while getting less bang for their buck.

Read the reports from our webinar on Food Systems Financing and Market Updates.
Watch the Webinar on YouTube
Washington Leadership Conference
NAAF sponsored 21 Native students to go to the 2022 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in July. These students represented 14 Tribal nations from five different states: Montana, Washington, North Carolina, Arizona, and Minnesota.

The WLC provides Future Farmers of America (FFA) members a unique leadership experience in Washington, D.C. All of the students were able to experience the history of our nation's capital and tour landmarks including the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums and the U.S. Capitol, among others. The sponsored cohort also studied the WLC pillars: Explore, Encourage, Advocate and Serve to strengthen their leadership skills.

This five-day conference also inspires students to create a “Living to Serve” community service plan for their Tribal communities after their visit.
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Intertribal Agriculture Council - Native Farm Bill Coalition
The Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) brings together the voices of Tribes, intertribal organizations, other Native organizations and non-Native allies around the country to advocate with a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C., to advance investments in Native agricultural production, rural infrastructure, economic development, conservation, and forestry.

The NFBC is the largest-ever coordinated effort in Indian Country around federal food, agriculture, and nutrition policy. The NFBC was co-founded in 2017 by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative as the Coalition’s official research partner.

See the NFBC's most recent resources and webinars on the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill: