First Nations Development Institute’s The Business of Indian Agriculture is a curriculum designed to help farmers and ranchers succeed in managing their businesses. It covers useful topics like how to develop a business plan, how to set up bookkeeping systems, and marketing. It also covers important topics like risk management, personal financial management, and using credit wisely. This project was made possible with support from the USDA – NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the CHS Foundation.
The curriculum is a key component of the training and technical assistance provided through First Nations’ Native Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship Network, which was created to support Native farmers and ranchers in building their business capacity and agricultural management to increase local production of and community access to food, conservation plan development, business plan development, marketing/branding, Native agricultural traditions, and natural resources management.
The curriculum has five main modules:
Module 1: Business
Module 2: Accounting
Module 3: Financial Management
Module 4: Agribusiness Economics and Marketing
Module 5: Land Use and Management
To download the PDF of the curriculum, please visit the Knowledge Center.