BFRDP Projects

Generation Indigenous Food:  Preparing Beginning Farmers and Ranchers for Success and Resilency
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $681,459
Grant Program: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Janie Hipp
Organization: University of Arkansas


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Project Overview

This project brought together American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian beginning farmers and ranchers for an intensive 10-day summit hosted by the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The “Generation Indigenous Food and Agriculture Summit” is a collaborative program developed by IFAI and delivered by IFAI’s PD Janie Hipp & Co-PD Erin Shirl as well as Intertribal Agriculture Council, Farm Credit Council, and the National FFA. Through a comprehensive educational program incorporating classroom and experiential learning, Native BFR learned farm financial management and risk management principles. Post-event, Native BFR have taken advantage of a sustained mentorship network created through the Summit program that encourages them to either begin or remain in farming and ranching.

Number of Participants: 393


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