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.
Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners Location: Anadarko, OK Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Organizes events and activities. Organizes people or groups...
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Location: Hugo, OK Closing Date: November 30, 2023 Duties Include: Coordinate resource (i.e., cattle & pecans) handling/harvest and...
South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Location: Statewide Closing Date: November 30, 2023 Duties Include: Promoting South Dakota and its...
Arkansas Department of Agriculture Location: Little Rock, AR Closing Date: Open Until Filled Duties Include: Provides general supervision of the work of a subordinate...
USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service Location: Fairbanks and Wasilla, AK (2 vacancies) Closing Date: November 22, 2023 Duties Include: Provides direct planning...
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...
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,...
University of Arkansas Establishes Native American Student Services Director through Grant-Funded Initiative
The University of Arkansas and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) proudly announce the newly-created Native American Student Services Director position on the UofA campus. This position, funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tribal...
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.