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Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

"Guiding the Way for Native Agriculture"

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching, in Washington DC, August 13-15, 2012. The United States Department of Agriculture's Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs. The Council was initially established as part of the Keepseagle settlementThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. and is pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

The Council will be conducted under the oversight of USDA's Office of Tribal Relations, which is part of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. The Director of Tribal Relations serves as Designated Federal Official (DFO) for the Council. Responsibilities and conduct of the Council are defined in CNAFR's Charter (PDF, 248KB) and Council By-Laws (PDF, 407KB).

The CNAFR is composed of representatives with specific knowledge of Native American farming and ranching.

By terms of the agreement, the Council consists of fifteen (15) members (PDF, 221KB) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Appointments include eleven (11) representatives of Native American farmers and ranchers. These individuals have demonstrated ability and a diverse range of experience in different types of agriculture. In addition to the eleven (11), four (4) USDA representatives were appointed from the following groups: The Farm Service Agency Administrator, or his or her delegate; the Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Tribal Relations, or his or her delegate; the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or his or her delegate, and the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or his or her delegate.

The role of the CNAFR is to:

  • advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA loan and grant programs;
  • transmit recommendations concerning any changes to USDA regulations or internal guidance or other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers;
  • examine methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created through USDA programs through enhanced extension and financial literacy services;
  • examine methods of encouraging intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate the effects of land tenure and probate issues on the delivery of USDA programs;
  • evaluate other methods of creating new farming or ranching opportunities for Native American producers; and
  • address other related issues as deemed appropriate.

View the federal register notice: Re-Establishment of the Council and Solicitation for Nominations

Secretary Vilsack Appoints Members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

2016 - 2018 Council Meeting Information

December 8-9, 2016:
Meeting Notice

2014 - 2016 Council Meeting Information

September 1, 2016:
Meeting Notice | Agenda (PDF, 215KB) | September 1 Transcript (PDF, 326KB)

July 27-28, 2016:
Meeting Notice | Agenda (PDF, 255KB) | July 28 Transcript (PDF, 266KB)

April 4-5, 2016:
Meeting Notice | Agenda (PDF, 61KB) | April 4 Transcript (PDF, 553KB) | April 5 Transcript (PDF, 502KB)

December 8-9, 2015:
Meeting Notice | Agenda (PDF, 74KB) | December 8 Transcript (PDF, 544KB) | December 9 Transcript (PDF, 651KB)

September 21-22, 2015:
Meeting Notice | Agenda (PDF, 120KB) | September 21 Transcript (PDF, 480KB) | September 22 Transcript (PDF, 622KB)

March 25-27, 2015:
Meeting Notice (PDF, 173KB) | Agenda (PDF, 53KB) | March 25 Transcript (PDF, 166KB) | March 26 Transcript (PDF, 263KB) | March 27 Transcript (PDF, 255KB)

December 10-11, 2014:
Meeting Notice (PDF, 173KB) | Agenda (PDF, 49KB) | December 10 Transcript (PDF, 237KB) | December 11 Transcript (PDF, 447KB)

September 25-26, 2014:
Meeting Notice (PDF, 80KB) | Agenda (PDF, 278KB) | September 25 Transcript (PDF, 321KB) | September 26 Transcript (PDF, 285KB)

2012 - 2014 Council Meeting Information

May 2, 2014:
Meeting Notice (PDF, 173KB) | Agenda (PDF, 65KB) | Transcript (PDF, 357KB)

December 12-13, 2013:
Meeting Notice (PDF, 173KB) | Agenda (PDF, 118KB) | Transcript (PDF, 426KB)

September 9-10, 2013:
September 9 Transcript (PDF, 388KB) | September 10 Transcript (PDF, 383KB)

May 3, 2013:
Meeting Agenda (PDF, 80KB) | Transcript (PDF, 417KB)

December 13, 2012:
Meeting Agenda (PDF, 97KB) | Transcript (PDF, 2MB) | Public Comments (PDF, 166KB)

August 14-15, 2012
August 14 Transcript (PDF, 632KB) | August 15 Transcript (PDF, 547KB)