Engineering Consulting & Grant Administration
USDA Rural Business Development Grant
The Southwest Indian Agricultural Association, Inc. (SWIAA), established 1987, is a Native American run group of farmers, ranchers, and business owners. Devoted to preserving resources available on Native American reservations across the Southwest, SWIAA aids individuals and various Native American entities in agribusiness related endeavors.
In partnership with AATech, the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG), awarded to SWIAA through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Southwest Indian Agricultural Business Promotion and Assistance Program, aims to provide comprehensive technical assistance to eligible Native American parties. This program also focuses on promoting healthy local food to promote health and self-resilience in Native communities.
Objective 1: Develop a better understanding of the immediate and long-term needs of tribal community food systems.
Objective 2: Promote local food and food agriculture/food business development on tribal lands.
Objective 3: Assist Native American entrepreneurs in development of the necessary skill set required for owning and operating a successful business in rural Arizona.
Objective 4: Introduce innovative and sustainable food production technologies through technology demonstration(s) and hands-on trainings.
Objective 5: Increase Native American populations’ participation in USDA programs.
Objective 6: Create jobs and business opportunities in tribal communities.
Speakers for Part 1 include: Gilbert Two Two - NRCS Arizona - EQIP Programs for Native Farmers and Ranchers Alexandra Carlisle (SWIAA Scholarship Winner) - University of Arizona - Stakeholder Analysis of the Feral Horse Overpopulation Crisis on the Navajo Nation
Speaker: Dr. Edward Franklin, University of Arizona - Drone Use in Agriculture
This webinar was held on February 6, 2021. Topics focused on dealing with issues of ranching during drought, including acquiring additional grazing acreage, issues of poisonous plants, and the extended climate forecast.
Speakers include Russell Tronstadt from the University of Arizona speaking on Value Added Meat Processing Feasibility for Southern Arizona; Sofia Montes speaking on the AgVets free agricultural education program for veterans; and Greg Norton from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension speaking on Coronavirus Food Producer Assistance Program 2.
In part 1, Bryce Barnes President of the Nalwoodi Denzhone: Strength and Beauty Community discusses his organization's work in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Additional parts can be found by visiting the Apex Applied Technology Youtube Page.