New survey for Native American military veterans working in the ag

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The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) have partnered to gather critical feedback from Native American military veterans working in the agriculture industry. The survey is open for responses until March 7 and can be completed online.

The objective of the partnership is to generate responses to the NAAF Veterans Survey and the feedback will be incorporated into their long-term vision to provide an infrastructural framework to harness the economic and nutritional potential of Indian Country to recover from COVID-19, which is outlined in their white paper, “Reinventing Indigenous Food Economies.

“Native Americans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at one of the highest rates compared to other ethnicities and often the obligation to serve is rooted in one’s traditional ties to our land,” said Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, JD, (Colville), CEO. of the NAAF. “When our Indigenous veterans return, we want them to find healing and opportunity in the country. That’s why the Native American Agriculture Fund is committed to helping Native American veterans and our first step in helping is this survey.

The questionnaire aims to understand how Indigenous veterans are involved in food production and agriculture; the financial, business and technical needs of Indigenous veterans and Indigenous food entrepreneurs; and how to connect veteran farmers, ranchers, fishers and producers more seamlessly with NAAF grantees to achieve NAAF’s vision and mission.

“The Native American Agriculture Fund’s plan to develop 10 regional food hubs across the country will provide Indigenous farmers and ranchers with the infrastructure to create thriving, self-sustaining food systems for Indigenous and rural communities,” said the director. General of the FVC, Jeanette Lombardo. “As the nation’s largest non-profit organization helping veterans embark on a career in agriculture, the Farmer Veteran Coalition is the perfect fit to partner with the NAAF on this important project.”

American Indians or Alaska Natives who are veterans or currently serving members of the United States Armed Forces are eligible to complete the survey. The first 200 veteran Indigenous farmers to complete the survey will receive a limited edition GCF/NAAF co-branded challenge coin.

To learn more about the Native American Agriculture Fund and to read their white paper, visit the Native American Agriculture Fund website.

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