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IFAI Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Indian Country

Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2012

Number of Farms with AI/AN Operators in 2017

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) farms make up 3% of all farms in the United States. The market value of agricultural products sold by AI/AN producers reached $3.5 Billion in 2017.

Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development, and cultural food traditions.

What We Do

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) focuses on putting tribal sovereignty in food sovereignty, promoting tribally driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. IFAI provides Tribal governments, producers, and food businesses with educational resources, policy research, and strategic legal analysis as a foundation for building robust food economies.

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Policy & Research

Policy Briefings
Native Farm Bill Coalition
Food and Nutrition Research
General Agriculture Research


Cultivating Tribal Food Sovereignty
EATS Academy
Model Food and Ag Code
Video Series

Youth Programs

Native Youth Programs
Leadership Summit
Policy Leadership Program

Food Safety

Food Safety Training for Indian Country
Free Training In-Person or Online
Food Safety Needs Assessment

Funding Opportunities

Grants and funding opportunities are key tools for many Tribes and Tribal producers. However, navigating the list of programs available can be challenging. To help, IFAI staff stay on top of the latest grants and opportunities. Check out the latest list by clicking the button below.

Job Opportunities

IFAI’s job board is intended to be a resource for Native Americans and Alaska Natives interested in employment and internship opportunities that focus primarily on Indigenous food and agriculture policy and law. However, the job board is also open to other types of opportunities in the following:

  • US Federal / State Departments and Agencies
  • Federally Recognized Tribes and organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • IFAI’s partner agencies, including members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition
  • IFAI’s partner agencies, including members of the Native Farm Bill Coalition

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Community Nutrition and Health Promotion Partner

by | Nov 15, 2023 | Jobs,Tribal | 0 Comments

Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners Location: Anadarko, OK Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Organizes events and activities. Organizes people or groups...

Agriculture Resource Programs Supervisor

by | Nov 13, 2023 | Jobs,Tribal | 0 Comments

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Location: Hugo, OK Closing Date: November 30, 2023 Duties Include: Coordinate resource (i.e., cattle & pecans) handling/harvest and...

Sales & Show Manager, Agriculture and Livestock

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Jobs,State | 0 Comments

South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Location: Statewide Closing Date: November 30, 2023 Duties Include: Promoting South Dakota and its...

Agri Program Manager (B049C)

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Jobs,State | 0 Comments

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Location: Little Rock, AR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Provides general supervision of the work of a subordinate...

Soil Conservationist (Tribal Liaison)

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Federal,Jobs | 0 Comments

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service Location: Fairbanks and Wasilla, AK (2 vacancies) Closing Date: November 22, 2023 Duties Include: Provides direct planning...

Featured Articles

Virtual Tribal Caucus November 9

Virtual Tribal Caucus November 9

Join the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative for a Tribal Caucus on November 9, 2023, at 2 p.m. central. The caucus will serve as an opportunity to review and discuss the proposed U.S. Department of Interior Agricultural Leasing regulation updates. This...

Farm Bill Tracker

Farm Bill Tracker

2023 Farm Bill Tracker Approximately every five years, Congress passes a new Farm Bill that sets programs, funding, and eligibility for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs. These programs impact nutrition, farming, ranching, and production, rural development,...


We are supporting tribes, that’s what we are, we’re a service organization. So every time someone supports our work, they are supporting Indian Country and Tribal Sovereignty.

- Erin Parker, J.D., LL.M.

Executive Director

Our Partners

Our work depends on the generous support we receive from the partners listed below.

Intertribal Agriculture Council
Newman's Own Foundation
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