Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit applications open

02/11/2018 10:00 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas School of Law is taking applications from American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth for its fifth annual Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit to held June 7-14 in Fayetteville.

Youth between the ages 15 and 18, including recently graduated high school seniors, who are passionate about food and agricultural production and have the courage to lead their tribes and communities into the future are encouraged to apply.

The law school is home to the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, which enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified economic development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country. It also empowers tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; creating new academic and professional education programs in food systems and agriculture; and increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines. For more information, visit

This year’s summit is expected to build on previous summits and will be a skills-development event that will give attendees an opportunity to do a deep dive in a particular area of food and agricultural production or policy.

The four subject matter areas are agricultural business and finance, conservation practices and planning for agricultural production, agricultural and food law and policy, as well as nutrition and health.

Participants will be led by experts in these areas and will spend their time at the event learning and working on these topics with a small group of their peers. In addition to learning the critical skills they need to be the next generation of Indian Country food and agricultural leaders in each of these topic areas, all students attending will also receive a full Food Safety Modernization Act training on the Produce Safety Rule during their time at the summit.

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, applications need to be submitted as soon as possible to plan for travel needs. Participants will receive information about this after they are accepted into the program.

The priority deadline for applying is March 1. Priority students will be allocated additional points in the selection process. The final deadline for applying to the summit is March 15. To apply, visit

For more information, email Erin Shirl at or call 479-575-6572 or 479-575-5128.


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