What to expect for the 2019 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit at Pokagon?

Here are the topics that will be included.  Check back for additions and the full schedule in the next few days, and register by March 31st for the early registration rate.

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Early Registration for Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Discounted registration is available for the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit through March 31st.  We are also accepting scholarship applications through March 25th, but scholarships will not cover travel and are intended for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

https://pokagonfoodsummit.eventbrite.com

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Now Accepting Mentorship Applications for Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit organizers are working with our co-host, the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA), and their Mentorship Program in accepting culinary mentor and mentee applications , which offers an excellent opportunity to share and learn skills while making new connections.  Limited travel funding may be available for selected applicants.  Applications are due March 1st.

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Still Time to Register for Tribal Food & Farming 101 Workshop @ Menominee

There is still time to register for the Tribal Food and Farming 101 Workshop that will be held at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin on February 15-16.  There is no cost to register for Tribal community members (any Tribe) and staff.tribal grower 101_schedule

Please note this event is on at the College of Menominee Nation’s Cultural Learning Center in Keshena Wisconsin (your phone app may show a College of Menominee Nation in Green Bay, which is about an hour away; don’t go to that location).  Here’s more detailed maps.

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Farm Bill: Hemp Production, Is It Worth It?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production and transport, spurring major interest from many Tribes and individual producers.  Like any agricultural endeavor, prospective growers must evaluate production and market feasibility.

  • Do you have the capacity to grow a viable crop (land, equipment, knowledge, seeds, etc)?
  • If so, do you have market outlets for the raw harvested crop or do have processing capacity to turn that crop into value added products?

Local extension agents may have some information, but the novelty of this new production opportunity creates knowledge gaps.  The following study completed by the Congressional Research Service offers an overview of market and basic production information, as well as references to additional resources.  Some highlights of the document include:

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“Most researchers acknowledge the potential profitability of industrial hemp, but also the potential obstacles to its development. Current challenges facing the industry include the need to re-establish agricultural supply chains, breed varieties with modern attributes, upgrade harvesting equipment, modernize processing and manufacturing, and identify new market opportunities.

In the past two decades, researchers at the USDA and various land grant universities and state agencies (for example, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, and Vermont; see Appendix A) have conducted several feasibility and marketing studies. More recent available market reports indicate that the estimated gross value of hemp production per acre is about $21,000 from seeds and $12,500 from stalks.” (Page 6)