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The Business of Indian Agriculture

By Shelly Fyant
Arlee Council Representative

I attended the “Train the Trainer” two day session in Phoenix during June 27-28, sponsored by First Nations Development Institute. This project was made possible with support from the USDA – NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher program, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the CHS Foundation.  It was piloted at Aaniih Nakoda College, Blackfeet Community College and Fort Peck Community College in 2012.

There are five modules that I am prepared to present to agricultural producers beginning in August.
* Business
* Accounting
* Financial Management
* Agribusiness Economics and Marketing
* Land Use and Management

Please contact me by July 31 at or (406) 546-5633 to sign up. I will present in five separate modules as there is a lot of information to cover. I will have information from USDA, NRCS and FSA on resources available to agribusiness producers.  First Nations Development Institute has agreed to provide the Participant Guides free of charge so please let me know your interest as well as the community you live in so I can determine a central location for the training.

Agribusiness is any business operation that producers, processes, stores, manufactures, or delivers farm and ranch products and/or services. These operations can includes farmers, ranchers, farm equipment suppliers, trucking services, food processors, meat packers, and agricultural service providers. Agribusiness can encompass all business activities from the “farm (or ranch) to the fork.”
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