The Indigenous Production Trade Alliance
The Alliance is a diverse group of experts in Agronomy, emerging crops and plant breeding that also includes American Indian Tribal leadership, Agricultural stakeholders, and Human health & environmental safety authorities.
Our focus on potential opportunities and challenges related to hemp production will benefit farmers and tribal communities as alliance members in Indian country.
The core of the emerging industrial hemp industry is driven by a desire to disrupt the status quo of how industry has traditionally operated. Hemp industry drivers are motivated by the abundance of applications for industrial hemp that can create new jobs, eliminate or significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels or other non-renewable resources, and provide a range of ecological benefits in the process. Additionally, plant driven economies can return power to community and regional networks that are often dependent on national and international supply chain models. In order to change the status quo, development of these new localized circular economies will need to include the underserved and marginalized communities that have been blocked in the past from leadership roles in industry by corporate nepotism.
Native Health Matters Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on facilitating community-based programs, and solving challenges related to agricultural opportunities in Native American communities, has partnered with researchers at Clemson University emerging Crops, University of Arkansas soil crop sciences to grow, analyze, soil water remediation phytoremediation carbon sequestering, and demonstrate varieties of industrial hemp for grain and fiber.
Research will take place on superfund sites, and at state land grand research facilities, Tribal Collages and on farms located on tribal lands around the country.
These organizations in conjunction with several tribal colleges will work together to provide educational and technical assistance to farmer cooperators throughout this 5-year project.
The overall goal is to establish a reliable network of professional resources across the supply chain for students, entrepreneurs, farmers, and educators.
Farmers participating in variety demonstrations start with our Alliance Demonstration Planning and Educational Events. Through participation in the research, the Alliance will examine the supply chain issues while building an educational platform about it too. The expected outcomes include a resurgence of knowledge and experience with hemp as a sustainable and useful crop.
Multi-National Hemp Supply Chain and Workforce Development Program
A collaboration between tribal nations, tribal colleges, and the federal land grant system
Year one of this project currently includes tribal farm partners from sovereign nations and tribal colleges across multiple states in the US and South American (Oklahoma, South Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arkansas) in addition to existing hemp industry partners.
2021 Certified Hemp Demonstrations
Demonstration plots of different varieties of hemp will be planted at various tribal farm sites and Tribal Collages Tribes as well as full replicated trial will be conducted at university research stations. Farmers will have access to training events and technical assistance by academic and industry experts. Consecutive years of this multi-national collaboration will continue to trial varieties of hemp for grain and fiber while scaling-up acreage and production and establishing supply chain connections for existing and future markets.
Bio Char Now and phytoremediation pilot
Native Health Matters, LEAD Agency and the University of Arkansas partnered in the first Agronomic Hemp Study in the US in 2018. Phytoremediation research continues in the second greenhouse study in preparation for field research at the Tar Creek Superfund site. This year the team is joined by James Gaspard and Biochar now. Their strength comes from decades of Environmental experience and a mutual interest in the research and development of comprehensive soil and crop analysis. Growing hemp with an application of bio char has the extra potential benefits of patented processes for binding toxins, water de-eutrophication, stream bed remediation, Carbon sequestering and phytoremediation.
Indigenous Production Alliance Trade seeks support and participation from :
American Indian Governments
American Indian farmers
Beginning, diverse and veteran Farmers
International Indigenous Food Field Crop Farmers
Assurance and Food Safety Labs
Existing Agricultural Stakeholders interested in Hemp
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