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the 2020 IAC Virtual Conference 

is a wrap! Thank you to our attendees, presenters, sponsors and team!



Please note conference times are Mountain Time.

This conference is powered by CVENT and will use a Zoom platform to operate.  

MONDAY, December 7

10 a.m. Caucus Meetings 

TUESDAY, December 8 

10 a.m. Welcome by Harlan Beaulieu - President, IAC 

10:05 Introduction by Zach Ducheneaux - Executive Director of IAC

Keynote Speaker - Nick Tilsen 

DAY 1 CONFERENCE TRACKS that attendees will have the option to choose from:

Regenerative Agriculture:  Land Stewardship & Resource Conservation 

11 a.m. to noon – Grazing Management Strategies for Pasture-Finished Beef and Lamb with Jim Gerrish, American Grazing Lands Services of Patterson, Idaho

Noon to 1 p.m. – Instinctive Migratory Grazing with Bob Kinford

1 to 2 p.m. – Natural Resources Regen Ag Practices with Del Ficke

Holistic Agricultural Management:  Growing, Tending and Gathering 

11 a.m. to noon – Looking Forward:  Food Systems based on Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Meda Dewitt

Noon to 1 p.m. – Food Code Training with Philomena Kebec

1 to 2 p.m. – The Science of Indigenous Foodways with Linda Black Elk


11 a.m. to noon – Funding Native Agriculture with Tomie Peterson

Noon to 1 p.m. – Farm Service Agency Disaster Programs

1 to 2 p.m. – Building Food Security and Resilience in a Food Insecure World with Mike Callicrate

Legal and Policy

11 a.m. to noon – Using NASS Data to Inform Strategic Ag Decisions – Explore IAC survey data with Virginia Harris 

Noon to 1 p.m. – Tribal Conservation Districts and Policy Advocacy with Tikaan Galbreath, Karen Linnell and Barbara Blake

1 to 2 p.m. – Tribal Government Supported Initiatives with Electa Hare-Redcorn and Josiah Griffin

Food Systems                

11 a.m. to noon – Farm to Institution with Alena Paisano from Farm to School along with a FDPIR 638 Update with Erin Parker.

Noon to 1 p.m. –  Indian Country Asset Directory: Supporting Food System Economies with Josiah Griffin and Whitney Sawney

1 to 2 p.m. – Pivoting Business and Marketing Strategies with Ramona Farms/Button Farms – Brandy Button, Bow & Arrow Brand – Simon Martinez and Seka Hills – Jim Etters and Christopher Gates


11 a.m. to noon – Indigikitchen with Mariah Gladstone

Noon to 1 p.m. –  Telling the Story of Native Agriculture in 2020 with Maria Givens

1 to 2 p.m. – Grassroots Marketing: Adapting to a New Reality with Taylor Gazda of GAZDA - The Brand 

Professional Development

11 a.m. to noon – Thriving in Academia: Lessons learned in resiliency from AI/AN grad students.

Noon to 1 p.m. – FFA Update with Ben Meyer, Marco Ovando and Tiffany Pesicka

1 to 2 p.m. – 4-H in Indian Country with Verna Billedeaux

WEDNESDAY, December 9

Opening General Session

10 a.m. Introduction by Zach Ducheneaux – Executive Director of IAC

Keynote Speaker - Nicole Masters

DAY 2 CONFERENCE TRACKS that attendees will have the option to choose from:

Regenerative Agriculture:  Land Stewardship & Resource Conservation

11 a.m. to noon – Case Studies:  Effective Tribal Liaisons in Indian Country with Cassius Spears Jr. and Pedro Torres

Noon to 1 p.m. – Hand for the Land with Graeme Land  

1 to 2 p.m. – Soil Health and Community Engagements with Quivira Coalition


Holistic Agricultural Management:  Growing, Tending and Gathering 

11 a.m. to noon – Commercial to Holistic:  Gravity Flow and Pressurized Drip Irrigation Systems with Steven Bond

Noon to 1 p.m. – Natwani Coalition – Hopi Traditional Farming Initiatives with Terri Honani and Kyle Nutumya

1 to 2 p.m. – Prescribed Fire and Indigenous Food Systems with Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake


11 a.m. to noon – Economic Benefit of Livestock Handling with Curt Pate

Noon to 1 p.m. – Get Good at Grazing – Grazing Management Economic Lever to Improve your Business with Dallas Mount

1 to 2 p.m. – The Three Secrets to Increasing Profit – Three Things any Business Can Do to Increase Profit with Dallas Mount

Legal and Policy

11 a.m. to noon – Native Farm Bill 2023 with Colby Duren, Erin Parker, and Zach Ducheneaux

Noon to 1 p.m. – CDFI – Agriculture Diversification with Lakota Vogel and Skya Ducheneaux – Director of Akiptan 

1 to 2 p.m. – Basic Business Organization and Succession Planning with Dan Cornelius and Jim Wabinato ILTF

Food Systems

11 a.m. to noon – Teaching Wellness through Food and Health with Morning Light Kombucha – Melinda Williamson, Sakari Farms – Spring Alaska, Dynamite Hill Farms – Jerry Jondreau

Noon to 1 p.m. – Marketing Your Food - Andi Murphy presents on "Food Photography" and Latashia Redhouse covers digital marketing strategies to incorporate into your 2021 marketing plan. 

1 to 2 p.m. – EATS Academy Launch with Erin Parker, Garrett “Blake” Jackson, and Carly Griffith Hotvedt


11 a.m. to noon – Motivational Speaking with Jon Greendeer

Noon to 1 p.m. – Native Storytelling Master Class

1 to 2 p.m. –  “How to be an Effective Agent for Change” with Lia Biondo, U.S. Cattlemen's Association 

SPECIAL STORYTELLING EVENT:  4 to 6 p.m. We need storytellers!  Event organizer - Micaela Young, Development Director. Click here to submit stories, register and learn more: Resiliency through Agriculture Storytelling Competition  

Professional Development

11 a.m. to noon – Youth Essay Winners Sha' Teal Pearman and Azelya Yazzie 

Noon to 1 p.m. – Youth Ag Panel Discussion with Cindy Farlee, Ellen Sanders-Raigosa and Mackenzie Martinez

1 to 2 p.m. – Promoting Resiliency through Research: Community engagement in graduate school research. with Keir Johnson – Reyes and Kelsey Ducheneaux

Closing Plenary

2 p.m. – Join us as we come back together to wrap up two days of presentations, storytelling and panel discussions. We appreciate the many agriculture experts from across the country and the globe who made our 2020 Virtual gathering amazing and the numerous sponsors who made it possible.

Thursday, December 10

10 a.m. Membership Meeting


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