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Farmers in need have received $800 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new debt relief program made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act.

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ONEIDA INDIAN NATION HOMELANDS, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian Nation is further bolstering its tribal economy with the launch of a new sustainable agriculture enterprise. 

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The Native American Agriculture Fund is among the founding funders of Growing Justice, a new fund whose mission is to transform food systems nationwide via an equitable procurement model. 

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In issuing $12 million in grants to organizations across Indian County, the Native American Agriculture Fund is placing a special emphasis on addressing access to capital issues for Native farmers and ranchers. 

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A Native-led cannabis farm has joined a coalition that aims to establish a digital marketplace for sustainably grown hemp and engage underserved populations in the process. 

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The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma run three pantries within its boundaries to dispense food boxes to elders or other tribal members in need. 

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The Native Farm Bill Coalition has released a new report with more than 150 suggestions on improving agricultural opportunities in Indian Country ahead of negotiations over the 2023 Farm Bill. 

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Two new grant programs under the U.S. Department of Agriculture represent a “huge step forward” by the agency, says Intertribal Agriculture Council Executive Director Kari Jo Lawrence. 

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A pair of new federal programs aim to help improve land access and cultivate new leadership among producers from underserved populations.

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The Inflation Reduction Act could offer much-needed assistance to Native farmers and ranchers, but vague language in the bill could mean those producers will receive less help than initially promised.