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.
Policy & Research
Native Farm Bill Coalition
Food and Nutrition Research
General Agriculture Research
Cultivating Tribal Food Sovereignty
Model Food and Ag Code
Native Youth Programs
Policy Leadership Program
Food Safety Training for Indian Country
Free Training In-Person or Online
Food Safety Needs Assessment
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.
Red Lake Nation Location: Red Lake, MN Closing Date: March 1, 2024 Duties Include: Assist with cultivation, production & manufacturing of cannabis products. Assist...
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Location: Portland, OR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Work under the guidance and direction of the FDPIR...
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Location: Portland, OR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Maintain and lead the coordination of a nutritious,...
Arkansas Department of Agriculture Location: Little Rock, AR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Provides general supervision of the work of a subordinate...
Montana Department of Agriculture Location: Hinsdale, Havre, Chinook, and Glasgow, MT Closing Date: Ongoing Duties Include: Plan, prepare, and implement inspections for...
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative announces a monthly webinar series that will uncover the stories and trends revealed in the 2022 Census of Agriculture data as well as releases first set of resources diving into some of the highlights, including a $3...
In an informational and instructional webinar held on February 14, 2024, IFAI's Food Safety Specialist and Master Food Preservationist Meagen Baldy (Hupa) leads attendees through a step-by-step tutorial on making spicy salsa. She gives detailed instruction throughout...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Census of Agriculture serves as a voice, future, and opportunity for America’s farmers and ranchers, and Indian Country is no exception. The USDA recently published the 2022 Census of...
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.
Our work depends on the generous support we receive from the partners listed below.
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Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit 2024
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
July 15 – 23, 2024
Applications Due April 1!
The Youth Summit allows participants to dive deeper into their interests and develop real-world solutions, highlighted through a capstone project. Experiences during the week include touring Tribal agricultural operations, interfacing with other youth and industry professionals, participating in an Indigenous cooking demonstration, and more.