BFRDP Projects

The Courage to Lead: Native BFR in Indian Country will Provide Us the Future We Seek (EET)
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $600,000
Grant Program: 2018 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Colby Duren
Organization: University of Arkansas


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Project Overview

This EET project has assembled a core leadership team, subject matter technical expert teams, and a Native BFR beneficiary team to provide evaluation, analysis, and suggests gaps on curricula applicable specifically to Native BFR. Native BFR face complex and unique challenges caused by the land tenure base upon which they farm and ranch and their legal and jurisdictional situations. For those Native BFR farming and ranching on lands under the jurisdiction of Tribal Nations, those practical realities will intersect with how they access USDA programs, access credit, design business plans, select business entities, engage in conservation, and many other practical impacts. Their regulatory interface is more complex than any other producer. Their curricula also needs to be much more complex and they must master these issues much earlier in their career than any other producer. Building on the successful activities of the lead organizations and partners, we, as a team of experts informed by the Native BFR beneficiaries we serve, are building a comprehensive curricula that will be made available throughout Indian Country to assist the producer and the education community that assists Native BFR. Collaborating organizations also include: Intertribal Agriculture Council, FFA; Gary Matteson for Farm Credit Council; the Native Youth Food Sovereignty Alliance. 

Number of Participants: 35


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