Indian agriculture summit in late May

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural resources is hosting the 2010 Indian Agriculture and Rural Summit May 24-26 at the Fallon Convention Center.

The conference will feature a number of educational programs as well as address many issues facing Native Americans in agriculture.

The conference includes sessions on direct marketing strategies, food safety requirements, farm-to-school programs, business planning and budgeting, and federal insurance, loan and grant programs.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Farm Service Agency, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Western Center for Risk Management Education are helping sponsor the event.

“The summit will serve as a means for Indian tribes and individuals to come together, discuss items of common interest, become familiar with risk management strategies, and learn about existing USDA programming focused on specific changes that have made these USDA programs more attractive,” said Randy Emm, Indian reservation program coordinator for Cooperative Extension.

A free pre-conference workshop titled “People of the Land: Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 24 at the convention center. Following the pre-conference workshop, there will be a facilitated session from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on effective tribal outreach efforts between USDA and Nevada tribes.

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