USDA Resources

MORE than just Down on the Farm!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a varied, extensive set of agencies working in a multitude of fields which can be utilized as a resource, tool and funding mechanism for endless proposals in such areas as:

Economic Development
Natural Resource Conservation and more!

The USDA’s Programs & Services include:

Assisting Rural Communities
Education and Research
Food and Nutrition
Marketing and Trade

A Quick Reference Guide on USDA

USDA Rural Development list of Native American Coordinators by State

USDA Rural Development List of ALL Programs & Services for Tribal Nations

USDA Grants & Loans        Grant Workshops

Report to the President from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity


Did you know that you can utilize a slew of USDA funding opportunities to finance projects at your Tribal Nation that have nothing to do with farming or growing crops?  The USDA has numerous opportunities for grant proposals to support the many efforts your Tribal Nation has planned.  See below for a listing of just a few of the projects in the USET family that have been subsidized by USDA dollars –

USET Member Tribal Nations’ Success with USDA Grant Awards:

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation:Mashantucket Pequot

Repairs to Gov’t Buildings

The Mohegan Tribe of ConnecticutMohegan_sm:

Repairs to Church & Homestead; Initial Build of Tribal Community & Gov’t Center and build out of additional floors; Pavilion, Irrigation & Landscaping around Gov’t Center; Maintenance Garage @ Gov’t Center; Cook Shack @ Shantok Park; Repairs to Tantiquidgeon Museum;  Maintenance Building for Fort Hill Retirement Community; Public Works/Facilities Garage; Museum & Archaeology Research Center

NarragansettNarragansett Indian Tribe:

Building of a Health Clinic

PoarchCreekIndians_smPoarch Band of Creek Indians:

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children; Child & Adult Care Food Program; Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Spay & Neuter ; Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds for the Perdido River Farms programs and lands; Conservation Stewardship Program funds for Perdido River Farms, Creek Indian Enterprise Development Authority and Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve; Creek Indian Enterprise Development Authority Revolving Loan Program; Specialty Crop Block Grant; Conservation Innovation Grants for propagation, research and transplantation of native rivercane of cultural importance to PBCI for animal habitat, basketweaving and ceremonial uses; Installation of concrete headwalls at the entrance to Fire House #1; Construction of buildings to house essential services for Tribal members; Salaries of a fulltime NRCS officer for PBCI and a USDA 4-H Officer on staff in Tribal Education Department (NRCS officer works with PBCI agricultural, farm, wildlife reserve, hunting and conservation efforts.  The 4-H officer works primarily with PBCI youth and education programs.); Installing Pollinator Plant Sites (Non-Industrial Private Forest Land); Prescribed Burning; Herbaceous Weed Control; Tree Planting (Long Leaf); Fire Break Establishment

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe: StRegisMohawk

Construction of Mohawk Networks Building; Planning and Infrastructure Building; New Administration Building

SeminoleSealSeminole Tribe of Florida:

Natural Resources Conservation Services; Cattle Electronic ID

Shinnecock_smShinnecock Indian Nation:

Shoreline Rejuvenation

Topics USDA deals in:

Animal Health
Climate Solutions
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Environment and Natural Resources
Farm Bill
2018 Farm Bill Policy Guide and Model Hemp Production Plan
USDA Clarifies Industrial Hemp Production for Indian Tribes – May 28, 2019
  * DTLL May 2019 Hemp Production 
Food and Nutrition
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Housing Assistance
Laws and Regulations
Organic Agriculture
Advocacy and Outreach
Plant Health
Research and Science
Rural and Community Development
Rural Opportunities
Travel and Recreation
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Intertribal Agriculture Council

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) Overview

Tribal Consultations


Grants, Loans & Other Support

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States –  December 4, 2018
Program 101 Fact Sheet

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Members of Maine’s Native American Tribes Share Views with USDA Deputy Administrator on Substantially Underserved Trust Areas

Aroostook Band of Micmac J Dennis


National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


USDA Forest Service:

Tribes and Climate Change Projects

Tribal Relations

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Tribal Relations

USDA Tribal Blog and Social Media

USDA Resource Guide for AI/AN

USDA Results & Fact Sheets

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