We are excited to announce our 5th annual Native Youth in Food
and Agriculture Leadership Summit at the University of Arkansas
School of Law.
The 2018 Summit is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, and
Native Hawaiian youth, ages 15-18 (including recently graduated
high school seniors).
Interested participants should apply now to attend the 2018
Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit, which will
be held June 7th-14th in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the University
of Arkansas School of Law, home of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture
Initiative. Some travel assistance may become available; participants
will receive information about this after they are accepted into
This year's Summit will build on previous Summits, but will
be more intensive. The 2018 Summit will be a skills-development
focused event that will give attendees an opportunity to do a deep
dive in a particular area of food and agricultural production or
policy. These four subject matter areas are:
- Agricultural Business and Finance;
- Conservation Practices and Planning for Agricultural Production;
- Agricultural & Food Law and Policy; and
- Nutrition and Health.
While at the Summit, participants will be led by experts in
these areas and will spend their time at the event learning and
working on these topics with a small group of their peers. In addition
to learning the critical skills they need to be the next generation
of Indian Country food and ag leaders in each of these topic areas,
all students attending will also receive a full Food Safety Modernization
Act training on the Produce Safety Rule during their time at the
are online now!
The priority deadline for applying to the 2018 Summit is March
1, 2018. Priority students will be allocated additional points in
the selection process.
The final deadline for applying to the 2018 Summit is March
Click the links above to fill out the application online. Questions
about the Summit? Contact Erin Shirl on the IFAI staff at email@example.com,
or call her at 479.575.6572 or 479.575.5128.
The Summit 2018 staff cant wait to read your applications!
We encourage you to apply if you:
- are American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian;
- are between the ages of 15 and 18;
- are passionate about food and agricultural production, and
- have the courage to lead their Tribes and communities into
then we want to see you at the 2018 Summit!
Spaces are limited, so PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
To learn more and see pictures and video of our 2017 youth summit,
Cost to Attend
All food, lodging, instructional materials and field trip costs
will be provided. Depending on the number of students, some travel
scholarships will also be provided. However, we need applications
as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.
June 7-14, 2018 (this includes travel dates)
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, National Institute
of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture,
Farm Credit, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Southern
Region Extension Risk Management Education Program
About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative: The initiative
enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing
healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural
food traditions in Indian Country. The initiative empowers tribal
governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing
strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic
and professional education programs in food systems and agriculture;
and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities
in food and agricultural related disciplines. For more information,
firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-6572