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Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) IAC Meeting

December 7, 2020 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST Social Hour 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

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Meeting ID:893 9956 4381

10:00 Welcome

  • Office of Tribal Relations – Diane Cullo, Director

  • Intertribal Agriculture Council – Zach Ducheneaux, Executive Director

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Suresh Sureshwaran, Acting Deputy Director

  • Native American Agriculture Fund –Joe Hiller, NAAF Board

10:45 Erin Riley, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Program Leader

11:00 Inspirational Speakers

  • Hank Rubin, Institute for Collaborative Leadership (Invited)

12:00 – 12:30 LUNCH

12:30 Discuss Funding Program Opportunities, Dan Fagerlie

USDA APHIS PPQ Tribal Liaison on: Plant Protection Act 7721 Suggestion funds for Tribal and FRTEP projects.

USDA APHIS Vet Services Tribal Liaison on: Special Vet Services Funds available for outreach in Tribal Areas


Stacie Clary of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Program (SARE) will describe the seven grants programs offered for producers, ag professionals, researchers, and students. All grants programs include significant farmer and rancher engagement. She will also present on the educational resources about sustainable agriculture Western SARE provides.

WSU Skagit County Extension Director, on BFR 7.4 million for Farm Stress and upcoming $5,000 mini grants (high priority to provide for Tribal areas included in project): Summary: Agriculture is widely known as a high-stress occupation. Stressors faced by farmers in the geographically large and culturally diverse Western region are many: unstable finances (high debt loads) and changing commodity markets often carrying the pressure of multigenerational farm lineage, complex regulation and policy, adverse weather and climate change, and recent COVID-19 related stressors. While the stressors vary, the impact of extreme stress in agriculture reveals itself in the high occupational suicide rates of farmers and farmworkers. The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP) is dedicated to improving the health and safety of those working in Western agriculture through multidisciplinary research, outreach, and trainings.

Tribal Collaborative Response to Invasive Species Project 2” (TCRISP2): For the first time this year funds are available for any Tribal area across the USA with priority for FRTEP or 1994 on a “first come first serve” basis. The project creates and provides materials under your logos and messages with review and final approval to enhance invasive species outreach for your Tribal areas.

1:00 pm Cris Stainbrook, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, President

2:00 pm Social Sharing

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