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To provide a unified effort to promote change in Indian Agriculture for the benefit of Indian People.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members.

The Office of Advocacy and Outreach Announcements

October 30, 2017

Greetings from the Office of Advocacy and Outreach!  We would like to share the following announcements:

1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is taking grant applications for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. Applications may be submitted through Jan. 22, 2018. Please visit the following link for additional information:

https://www.fs.fed.us/news/releases/us-forest-service-award-7-million-grant-applications-projects-expand-wood-products-and

2. The Value-Added Producer Grant Program is currently accepting applications! Applicants are encouraged to consult with Rural Development staff well in advance of filing an application.

PURPOSE
Increase customer base and revenues for agricultural producers in value added products and in marketing local foods that are grown and marketed locally.

ELIGIBLE AREA
This program is NOT limited to rural areas. All geographical areas are eligible.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES
1. Planning activities to evaluate a value-added project, such as conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, or developing a marketing plan.
2. Working capital activities to implement a value-added project, including such costs as labor and advertising, inventory, and office supplies.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
1. Independent producers
2. Farmer or rancher cooperatives
3. Agricultural producer groups
4. Majority-controlled producer-based business ventures

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE
The deadline for electronic applications (through grants.gov) is January 24, 2018 and the deadline for paper applications is January 31, 2018. Paper, rather than electronic, applications are encouraged. Email or FAX applications are NOT accepted.

APPLICATION NOTICE AND REGULATION
Requirements for this grant are found in the Value-Added Producer Grant notice and the regulations. The FY2017 notice of solicitation can be found at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants (click on “PDF” after Notice of Solicitation of Applications at the top of this page). The regulations (RD Instructions) can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/4284j.pdf.

3. Please see the following Press Releases:

USDA Offers Support to People and Communities Affected by California Wildfires

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2017 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced today that USDA is making resources available to help rural people and communities recover from the effects of California wildfires.

“While the full extent of damage from the current wildfires is not yet known, USDA Rural Development is committed to supporting the recovery of impacted rural communities,” Hazlett said. “We have a variety of assistance rural communities can use during the rebuilding process.”

Help for Communities

Rural communities that have been impacted by the fires can receive assistance through the Community Facilities Program to repair or rebuild essential community buildings and infrastructure and replace damaged equipment. Also, USDA can provide relief through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help repair or rebuild rural water and wastewater systems in the aftermath of this disaster.

Help for Businesses

Rural Development can help businesses recover from the damage caused by wildfires by guaranteeing their business loans with eligible lenders through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program. Funds also may be available from Rural Development’s intermediary lenders.

Help for Housing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking the lead to provide emergency housing for people who need it in these affected areas. Existing USDA home loan borrowers may qualify for assistance with their loan payments.

More detailed information on available resources from Rural Development may be found at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/services/rural-development-disaster-assistance.

Additional resources from USDA and other organizations for those impacted by disasters may also be found athttps://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visitwww.rd.usda.gov/ca.

 

USDA Invests in a More Diverse Agricultural Science Workforce 

Media Contact: Selina Meiners, (202)734-9376

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to increase women and minority representation in the agricultural science workforce. Funding is made through NIFA’s Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS).

“America’s human capital is our greatest resource,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments are helping introduce more women and minorities to the agricultural sciences so they might contribute to future agricultural science innovations.”

The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program supports research and extension activities to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

In fiscal year 2017, four grants totaling more than $378,000 were made to WAMS projects. They are:

The University of Florida will bring mentors to community settings to introduce rural, minority youth to STEM career opportunities. A Montana State University project will introduce female students to agricultural science career opportunities through an online course, internships, networking, and a public summit. More information on these grants is available on the NIFA website.

Past WAMS projects include a Purdue University mentoring program for women and minority graduate students in the College of Agriculture. A Tarleton State University project recruited women and minority students and offered them research and training opportunities in the animal and food sciences.

NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural sciences, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @USDA_NIFA#NIFAImpacts.

 

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This information forwarded to you by the Intertribal Agriculture Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaskan Tribes. The IAC has over the last decade become recognized as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian country.

For more information, please visit http://www.IndianAgLink.com or contact:

Donita A. Fischer
Public Relations Director
donita@indianaglink.com

 

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