People of the Land II: Sustaining Agriculture on American Indian Lands in the Four-Corners Region

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2011: $71,057.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: Western
State: Nevada
Principal Investigator:
Staci Emm
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures


    This professional development program involves American Indian agricultural producers from the four-corners region from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach to satisfy human food and fiber needs on American Indian reservation lands. This program will increase agricultural professionals’ knowledge, skills and action related to American Indian sustainable agriculture. Sustaining the economic viability of American Indian agricultural operations and their communities on American Indian reservations requires agricultural professionals to learn how to develop outreach plans that enhance quality of life for Indian farmers and ranchers and society as a whole.

    Project objectives:

    This professional development program led by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension had three primary objectives.

    1. Increase the knowledge, skills and actions of USDA and other agricultural and natural resource professionals regarding the cultural, social, political and economic environment relevant to developing sustainable agricultural operations in reservation environments.
    2. Sustain the economic viability of American Indian agricultural operations in the four-corners region (four states) through implementation of USDA programs.
    3. Increase the ability of agricultural professionals to develop effective outreach plans to better fit the needs of a particular reservation environment, tribal culture, and individual Indian agricultural producer.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.