More information about essay requirements, including submission guidelines and information, can be found on IAC's website. This year's theme focuses in on an extremely important issue for Indian Country: the most recent National Ag Census reported that out of 71,947 American Indian and Alaska Native operators, only 6,832 of them were under the age of thirty-five. With the average age of the Native farmer-- and all farmers-- continuing to rise, an influx of younger operators will be crucial to the future of Indian Country agriculture.
Fortunately, we know some amazing youth with the courage to lead who are already doing great work for Indian Country agriculture-- we hope to see many essay contest entries from our first class of Summit participants!
The deadline for entries is November 1st, so get those essays in soon!