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The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has forged a partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service to help recruit and retain tribal students as they work toward their career goals. 

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Two representatives from large, Native American-led agricultural organizations have been selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Equity Commission, which the agency first proposed last year.

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The Nez Perce Bio-Control Center in Lapwai, Idaho serves as the launching point for a war against invasive plants using somewhat unconventional biological weaponry: insects and other organisms bred specifically to keep the non-native plants in check. 

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ATMORE, Ala. — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians hopes a new meat processing plant will help solve both tribal and state food supply chain issues.

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Little Canada, Minn.-based Indian Land Tenure Foundation has two contracts going with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The first is to provide legal services, such as will-writing and gift deeds for Native farmers and ranchers. The second is to support the USDA’s Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Programs and their agents. 

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An inter-organizational survey of Indigenous communities has revealed that nearly half of respondents suffered food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $59 million in building new partnerships and funding new climate conservation projects across the country, several of which are Indigenous-led. 

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WAPATO, Wash. — As Lon Inaba and his siblings started to contemplate retiring and selling their family farm in south-central Washington, he heard a report that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation wanted to break into the agricultural industry.

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Citing a persistent lack of access to capital for Native farmers and ranchers, the Native American Agriculture Fund is working to create a new, separate organization that will leverage the federal Farm Credit System to increase the availability of loans in Indian Country.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced four new initiatives aimed at improving the agency’s relationship with Indian Country.