Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs.
The Council was initially established as part of the Keepseagle settlement
The role of the CNAFR is to:
- Advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA loan and grant programs;
- Transmit recommendations concerning any changes to USDA regulations or internal guidance or other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers;
- Examine methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created through USDA programs through enhanced extension and financial literacy services;
- Examine methods of encouraging intergovernmental cooperation to mitigate the effects of land tenure and probate issues on the delivery of USDA programs;
- Evaluate other methods of creating new farming or ranching opportunities for Native American producers; and
- Address other related issues as deemed appropriate.