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

– CNAFR