Hoeven Announces USDA NIFA Funding to Three North Dakota Entities

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded funding to three entities in North Dakota:

  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians – $549,983 from the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program (AgVets) to support the development and implementation of a pilot program to focus on food sovereignty and support Native American Veterans participating in North Dakota’s agriculture economy. 
  • Dakota College at Bottineau – $48,675 from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) to provide outreach and instructive workshops to Native Americans and veterans pertaining to specialty crops and successfully owning and operating farms.
  • Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) – $45,942 from BFRDP funding to partner with local groups to expand beginning farmer education courses in northeast North Dakota, furthering food sovereignty for the Spirit Lake Nation.

“These USDA grants will help provide educational and training opportunities to help grow the agriculture industry in tribal communities,” said Hoeven.