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Intertribal Agriculture Council Annual Conference

Billings, Montana, United States
Mon, Dec 07 - Thu, Dec 10 2020

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About our event

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) 2020 Virtual Annual Conference is a must-attend event for those interested in all things food and agriculture. This event historically focuses on improving federal and state program access, policy change through the U.S. Farm Bill as well as innovative and regenerative agriculture methods that will help inspire broader market access for Native products, improved ecological conditions, and increased overall sovereignty for Native producers.

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Attendees Demographics

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Expected Audience

2501-5000

Sponsorship Opportunities

In the past, the in-person conference attracted an average of 800-plus attendees from every sector. Designed with Native farmers and ranchers at the center, participants also include governmental, non-governmental, youth, and private sector representatives.

The virtual format of the 2020 conference offers unprecedented opportunities to reach new and far larger audiences who are increasingly interested in the future of food and agriculture. 

Sponsorship affords an opportunity to elevate the profile of your organization and business in front of the foremost experts and leaders on Native food - everything from producing, to processing, marketing, and policy development.

US$10000

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CHAMPIONS OF NATIVE AGRICULTURE

• Full access to all conference events • Headliner logo placement on home page of event • Premium virtual trade show booth space and free virtual presentation time • Sponsorship ads during all conference tracks • Two, free “virtual commercial” breaks during conference • Program materials about your company/organization will be included in the “conference in a box” mailing that will be sent out to 2,000 participants prior to the event. (Please note: program materials will need to be sent to the address below by November 9, 2020). • “Conference in a box” mailing that features Native foods from IAC American Indian Foods program for up to five attendees from your organization • “Resiliency through Agriculture” t-shirts for up to five attendees from your business or organization • Tribal Sponsors will receive the cost of your 2021 IAC membership.

US$2500

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AG REGENERATORS

• Full access to all conference events • Prominent logo placement on home page of event • Premium virtual trade show booth space and free virtual presentation time • Sponsorship ads during three conference tracks • “Conference in a box” mailing that features Native foods from IAC American Indian Foods program for up to three attendees from your organization • “Resiliency through Agriculture” t-shirts for up to three attendees from your business or organization • Tribal Sponsors will receive the cost of your 2021 IAC membership.

US$1000

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NATIVE PRODUCER PROPONENTS

• Full access to all conference events • Prominent logo placement on home page of event • Sponsorship ads during one conference track • “Conference in a box” mailing that features Native foods from IAC American Indian Foods program for up to two attendees from your organization • “Resiliency through Agriculture” t-shirts for up to two attendees from your business or organization • Tribal sponsors will receive the cost of your 2021 IAC membership.

US$500

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GRASSROOTS SPONSORSHIP

• Full access to all conference events • Prominent logo placement on home page of event • Sponsorship ads during one conference track • “Resiliency through Agriculture” t-shirts for up to two attendees from your business or organization • Tribal sponsors will receive the cost of your 2021 IAC membership.

US$48

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NATIVE CONNECTIONS FOODBOX SPONSORSHIP:

Funding provided by the Native American Agriculture Fund built the foundation of a domestic foods program, the AIF Native Food Connection, that supports agripreneurs on the front lines of food production to provide consumers with access to “Made/Produced by American Indian” trademarked goods. In order to promote products from producers participating in this program and to educate the public about the value and quality of Native foods, the IAC AIF program created a custom foodbox with select items to sample. Organizations and individuals may sponsor the cost of these boxes for recipients of their choice as a gift to an individual or a shipment to a food distribution program. Proceeds support IAC AIF programming and the Native-owned food and ag businesses in the program. The Native Food Connection food box varies in product as we rotate inventory to best promote all AIF producers: purchase now!

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"Now more than ever, unleashing the resilience of our people, nations, and food systems, is critical to weathering this storm." - Zach Ducheneaux, Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council 

As the severity and magnitude of COVID-19 became more evident, Indigenous peoples across the globe turned towards that ancient source of resilience that emboldened them to withstand autocratic, land-grabbing governments, severe climatic changes, resource migration, and the ill effects of these forces. 

The consistent source of that resilience? The 80,000 Indian ag producers we work tirelessly to help every day. Their inherent commitment to care for the earth while growing food, the way their ancestors did, continues to inspire us. Native people were cognizant that COVID would likely hit them harder than other populations and thus returned to life-sustaining practices centered around food and agriculture. 

Indian Country brought these strategies of not only surviving but thriving through a natural disaster to the attention of national media outlets. As a national nonprofit representing the food and agriculture ambitions of all 574 federally recognized Tribes, and the production of their members, the work of the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) also took center stage. 

Two articles, one appearing in the New York Times and another in FoodTank: The ThinkTank for Food highlighted the inherent resiliency in the ground-level work of Tribes and Tribal organizations and demonstrated the value of a Native approach to food security in times of emergency. Articles in Forbes and Modern Women featured ingenious food producers (‘agripreneurs’) participating in the IAC American Indian Foods program. The Generosity of Agriculture and Native ways of reciprocity are also evident in IAC’s efforts to address hunger and sponsor youth interested in feeding their communities. IAC’s leadership offered systemic solutions to grow strong food economies well beyond the period of COVID, which can be found in a piece published by the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center. 

On December 7-10, 2020, this vast community of farmers, ranchers, traditional foragers, policy makers, academics, governmental leaders, activists, and young people, will come together during the Resiliency through Agriculture Annual Virtual Conference to share knowledge and strategies for resilience through food and agriculture. 

With more than 700 partners across these sectors, the IAC is aware that our power is in numbers, and that by working together, we can weather this storm and those to come. Please join us by registering for and/or sponsoring this event. Sponsorship entitles your organization a number of valuable benefits and invests in the future of food and agriculture and Native food sovereignty.

We’ll see you there! 

The Intertribal Agriculture Council 

About the Sponsorship Organizer

Micaela Young is the Director of Development with the Intertribal Agriculture Council. Ms. Young started her professional career in the Extension Service and went on to work in the private sector as a consultant and project manager on large state and federal grant-funded projects focused on healthy housing, energy use, and energy education. In her role as Senior Project Manager, she and her team provided training and technical assistance to state agencies and technical and community colleges related to project management, grant writing and grant management, and technical training development. From January 2013 to June 2014, she served in the position of Grant Submission Training Coordinator for ADVANCE Project TRACS, a 3.5-million-dollar institutional transformation grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The Office of Sponsored Programs, a sub-office of the Office of Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, recruited her in June 2014 to work with faculty on pre-award activities, such as grant proposal development and interdisciplinary collaboration. Ms. Young has been instrumental in the development and submission of hundreds of grant proposals to various federal, state, and private organizations. She earned a Master of Arts in English-Writing at Montana State University and is now a PhD candidate and researcher for the Native American Studies, Native Land Project, focusing on water governance and community responses to unjust historic water allocation and other barriers to agriculture productivity on tribal lands. From 2016 to 2019, she served as a core member of the Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan (ARMP) interdisciplinary team, focusing specifically on development activities and water resource planning. Her family owns a cow-calf operation and also produces hay, beans, and wheat in the Snake River Basin in Southern Idaho. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/micaela-young-7971741a3/

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