FBCC Launches Know Your Farm ProjectFeb 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News
USDA awarded $614,356 to Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) in 2009 to help train new farmers and ranchers. The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation are traditionally agricultural people and have always produced foods for local consumption. In fact, the tribes helped the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery survive the winter in 1804.
This program will assist future farmers and ranchers with issues specific to Native Americans including: managing trust lands, access to credit and government programs, marketing, and access to markets.
“Beginning farmers and ranchers face unique challenges and need educational and training programs to enhance their profitability and long term sustain-ability,” Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says. “The training and education provided through these grants will help ensure the success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers as they work to feed people in their local communities and throughout the world.”
This funding is part of USDA’s new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, which was launched in September 2009 to emphasize the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers.
The initiative includes supporting local farmers and community food groups, strengthening rural communities, enhancing direct marketing and farmers’ promotion programs, promoting healthy eating, protecting natural resources, and helping schools connect with locally grown foods.
For information on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program, see www.usda.gov/wps/portal/knowyour farmer.