American Indian farmers and ranchers are socially disadvantaged due to the impacts of historical federal Indian policies, income levels, and issues that accompany geographic isolation and Indian land tenure designations. USDA programs are designed to sustain rural communities and can assist in growing reservation economies. Farm Bill provisions offer considerable opportunities for American Indian tribes and individual farmers and ranchers to participate in USDA assistance programs. On most American Indian reservations, however, these programs are underutilized. The American Indian Farmer and Rancher Outreach Assistance Improvement Project, funded by the USDA, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, provides on-the-ground educational programs targeting American Indian women focusing on financial literacy; while addressing the potential obstacles to successful utilization of USDA programs. American Indian women involved in agriculture business and small business development are being served in an eight-state area of the Western United States: Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Washington.
|Conference||2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference|
|Presentation Type||30-Minute Concurrent|