In September 2016, the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas was named as the Native American Tribal Center for Food Safety Outreach, Education, Training and Technical Assistance. IFAI is cooperating with a wide array of partners, including the Intertribal Agricultural Council, to bring a series of webinars and face-to-face certification trainings to tribal producers and food businesses to fulfill requirements of FSMA. 

 

Our Mission

The Initiative enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and professional executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.


Who we are

Our team of lawyers and economists has decades of experience working in both Indian Country and in food and agriculture. 

  • Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M. (Chickasaw), Director, IFAI

  • Colby Duren, J.D.

  • Dr. H.L. Goodwin, Ph.D.

  • Sandy Martini, M.S. (Cherokee)

  • Erin Parker, J.D., LL.M.

  • Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, J.D. (Colville)


How can we help? take our needs assessment today!