Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture


Only a few weeks left to apply for the 2016 Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit! We are currently accepting applications for first-time students and Student Leaders. The application deadline for Student Leaders has been extended to MONDAY, APRIL 11.

The summit brings together Native youth for a one-of-a-kind learning experience about the issues they will face as the next generation of food and agriculture leaders in Indian Country. The summit is open to both enrolled Tribal youth and Tribal descendants.

Native youth, ages 15 to 18, interested in tribal agriculture and food systems are encouraged to apply. The Summit will begin in July, and it’s time to start the application process.

Students who wish to apply must:

  • be American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian;
  • be between the ages of 15 and 18;
  • be passionate about food and agricultural production, and
  • have the courage to lead their Tribes and communities into the future.

Please see the links below for the appropriate application form.

If you're a college-aged student, please consider applying as a Student Leader.

Spaces are limited, so PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


July 17-26, 2016 (this includes travel dates)


University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas


Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law

Intertribal Agriculture Council


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Farm Credit

Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

Southern Region Extension Risk Management Education Program

Cost to Attend

All food, lodging, instructional materials and field trip costs will be provided. Depending on the number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided. However, we need applications as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.

How to Apply

More detailed information about the selection process can be found in the application forms.

Click the links above for .pdf copies of the applications. Need an email or print copy? No problem! Contact Emerald Hames on the IFAI staff at, or call her at 479.575.5128 or 479.422.1446.

The Summit 2016 staff can’t wait to read your applications! Apply as soon as possible. We hope to see you this summer!

IFAI Summit 2016 Staff