Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


American Indians and Alaska Natives: Honoring their Culture and Contributions to Conservation, Agriculture

Thu, 04 Nov 2021 08:34:34 CDT

American Indians and Alaska Natives: Honoring their Culture and Contributions to Conservation, Agriculture November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, a time to celebrate, honor and reflect on the rich and diverse history, culture and heritage of American Indians and Alaska Natives. USDA is here to help Tribes and Tribal agricultural producers and forest managers with a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to risk management, and from disaster assistance to conservation. USDA helps eligible American Indian and Alaska Native agricultural produces and private forest landowners manage natural resources on tribal land. Below are a few examples:

Little Traverse Bands of Odawa in Michigan
The Little Traverse Bands of Odawa in Michigan link its past and future through the Ziibimijwang Farm in Emmet County. The Little Traverse Bands of Odawa’s goal for its 311-acre farm is to achieve food sovereignty and increase the number of new tribal farmers. The tribe chose Ziibimijwang (“the place where food grows near the river”) as its farm name because of its location near the Carp River.

The Little Traverse Bands of Odawa used NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program to fund a high tunnel to grow food for the tribe and to sell to nearby restaurants.

Read more about the Little Traverse Bands of Odawa’s farm in Emmet County, Michigan.

Seminole Tribe in Florida
American Indians are the nation’s first ranchers and Florida’s Seminole Tribe continues that tradition today. The Seminoles are well-known ranchers who love cattle. Every Seminole owns cattle and the herd is praised in traditional ceremonies and songs.

The Seminoles also were business innovators. In the 1950s, the tribe created a cattle cooperative and wrote a cattle-raising agreement, a management plan with bylaws and protocols that is still used today. The cattle-raising agreement formed the basis of the Seminole constitution.

Today the Seminoles own a 12,000-head herd on behalf of the tribe’s 4,000 members. The Seminoles have used NRCS technical and financial assistance through programs like EQIP to plan and carry out conservation practices including installation of fencing for pasture management, installation of solar pumps, troughs and pipeline, and invasive species control.

Read more about Florida’s Seminole Tribe’s cattle operation.

Hoonah, Alaska
NRCS has worked with Alaska Natives on diverse projects to help them carry out conservation practices on tribal lands. As the largest private landowner in the state, Alaska Natives play a crucial role in protecting the state’s natural resources for future generations.

The remote village of Hoonah located near Juneau, Alaska relies heavily on the bounty from land and water. The Huna Tlingit people and other village residents are hunters, harvesters, gatherers, and fishers. Maintaining healthy watersheds is crucial to the lives and livelihoods of village residents. As a result, an alliance of Hoonah’s landowners, organizations and stakeholders formed the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) to help protect, conserve and maintain the stream and forest habitats that are integral to the Hoonah’s way of life. Through NRCS’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program, HNFP is assessing resource conditions and identifying projects that can improve fish and wildlife habitat, ensuring long-term timber production and supporting sustainable watershed management.

Read more about the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership’s work with NRCS.

Photo: Bill Borgeld, NRCS, with Rosebud Schneider and Joe VanAlstine from Ziibimijwang Farm in October 2019. The farm uses high tunnels to extend the growing season and improve plant and soil quality.


   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Scholarship Application Deadline for 2022 OYE is December 1, 2021  Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:41:13 CST
  • AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan Sees 2022 Reliving Challenges of 2021  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 17:09:35 CST
  • 2022 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Inductees Announced  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 17:06:08 CST
  • Friday, November 26, 2021, Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:26:12 CST
  • New Southern Plains Perspective Blog Post: Thanksgiving Edition  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:09:03 CST
  • Fridays on the Farm: Transforming the Ranch for a Healthy Future  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:01:54 CST
  • USDA Agriculture Marketing Service Provides Update on Cotton Classing Issues  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:52:11 CST
  • Friday Preopening Market Update with Dave Lanning  Fri, 26 Nov 2021 07:25:10 CST

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.
       

       
       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.