Published On: Mon, Mar 28th, 2016

Native American Farming Council meeting set for Cherokee


council-native-american-farming-ranching-thumbThe USDA Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) will host its regional meeting in Cherokee on April 4-5 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  The Council was established by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to provide recommendations on ways to promote American Indian / Alaska Native access in USDA programs and services. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), public participants are welcome to address the Council directly on Monday, April 4 from 1:30-4pm.


Following is the agenda for the two-day event which will be held in the Hickory Room:


Monday, April 4

9am – Call to Order and Roll Call by Mark Wadsworth, CNAFR chair

Welcoming remarks by Principal Chief Patrick Lambert

Review of agenda


9:30am – CNAFR members’ subcommittee meetings


11am – CNAFR members’ readout of subcommittee meetings to the Full Council


1:30pm – Public Comment period


4:30pm – CNAFR members’ discussion of recommendations and other issues, Keepseagle update


6pm – adjourn



Tuesday, April 5

9am – Call or Order and Roll Call by Wadworth

Review of agenda


9:30am – USDA Office of Tribal Relations update by Leslie Wheelock, director


10am – CNAFR Charter Renewal update by Dana Richey, designated federal officer


11am – Overview of programs of First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) by Raymond Foxworth, vice president of grantmaking, development and communications of FNDI


11:30am – Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Program update by Jim Radintz, Farm Service Agency deputy administrator


2pm – Intertribal Agriculture Council update by Zach Ducheneaux, program manager


2:30pm – SNAP EBT for Farmers Market and other venues by Rogelio Carrasco, SNAP Farmers Markets coordinator, Food and Nutrition Service


2:45pm – Group GAP Certification Training for Indian Country by Arthur Neal, Transportation and Marketing Programs deputy administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service


3:30pm – USDA Ombudsperson update by Joanee Dea, USDA


4pm – Review of recommendations, discussion of issues and closing comments


6pm – Adjourn