The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative encompasses multi-disciplinary research, service, and education opportunities.

The Initiative is the first of its kind nationally, with the following goals and objectives:

  1. To increase student enrollment in the land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines by supporting existing students and creating early pipeline programs for youth;
  2. To create new academic and executive education programs in food and agriculture, including law, policy, and tribal governance;
  3. To directly support Indian country by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, including research and publications in the following subject areas:
  • Tribal Governance Infrastructure to Enhance Business and Economic Development Opportunities
  • Financial Markets and Asset Management, including Banking, Risk Management, and Stewardship of Land and Natural Resources
  • Health and Nutrition Policy for Tribal Community Wellness
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Protection of Traditional Knowledge