Progress 08/01/10 to 07/31/12
OUTPUTS: The overall goal of the planning grant proposal was to bring together Native American stakeholders with agricultural and social scientists to develop a systems based grant proposal for implementing organic production practices and an internal community based market for organic production. The planning grant successfully implemented a team based approach that included university scientists and stakeholder representatives to evaluate current: 1) Flandreau Santee Sioux bison, forage, and hay production practices, 2) Flandreau Santee Sioux community organizations (Diabetes and Elderly programs) and the Flandreau Indian School (BIE school) to determine their interest in the development of an intra-tribal bison meat supply chain system, 3) educational and extension objectives of the Intertribal Buffalo Council, the national Native American organization acting as the coordinating agency for national Native American bison development policy, and 4) individuals with expertise in organic production. The outcome of the planning grant resulted in FSST launching its organic transition program in the spring of 2011. FSST is using the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) as their organic certifier. The final objective of the funded planning grant was the submission of a competitive OREI grant application in the spring of 2011 (Proposal Number: 2011-01966. The proposal was ranked medium priority. A one year extension of the planning grant was granted. During the second half of 2011 and winter of 2012 the Bison Planning Grant team and stakeholders worked to address panel comments. OREI Proposal 2012-02202 was submitted in March 2012. The panel review committee again ranked the project medium priority and the project was not funded. PARTICIPANTS: Participants included Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, South Dakota State University, Inter-Tribal Buffalo Council, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Oglala Lakota College, and the Flandreau Indian School. TARGET AUDIENCES: Native American Tribes, bison producers, organic livestock and forage producers PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.
Significant 2011 Activities and Outcomes Related to this Planning Grant Proposal: MCIA organic inspector verified that Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) entered the organic transition period in the Spring of 2011. FSST implemented a major pasture reseeding and restoration project in the Fall of 2011 that complies with organic transition requirements. A herd reduction plan was implemented and the selection of bison for the breeding stocks herd that will be used for organic calf production. South Dakota State University (SDSU) collaborating with Intra Tribal Bison Council (ITBC) launched three pilot projects to gage acceptability of bison into the diets of Native American community members. The focus of these studies is on high risk Native American groups (diabetics, youth, and the elderly). ITBC has entered into an agreement with the Flandreau Indian School (FIS) to supply bison meat on a monthly basis until FSST has its organic production up and running. SDSU and FIS have begun an experimental trial on student preference for beef versus bison.
- No publications reported this period
Progress 08/01/10 to 07/31/11
OUTPUTS: The goal of the planning grant activity is to bring together Native American stakeholders and agricultural scientists to develop a systems based grant proposal for implementing organic production practices as the foundation for the development of an economic and socially sustainable supply chain mechanism that is consistent with cultural values of FSST members and will enhance the social well-being of the tribal community. The planning grant activity that occurred during 2010-11 strengthened the relationship between stakeholders and the planning team. A stakeholder steering committee has been formed and has been a driving force in the development of the proposed organic production/supply chain system. The planning grant team members made over 25 trips to Flandreau to meet with stakeholders on various aspects of the project during the summer and fall of 2010. The planning team held three one-day conferences at the FSST-owned convention center-hotel complex in Flandreau during 2010. The planning grant allowed the addition of experts to the project to address deficiencies highlighted in the 2009 panel review comments. A competitive grant application was submitted to OREI in the spring of 2011. PARTICIPANTS: Stakeholder: Flandreau Santee-Sioux Tribe 403 W. Broad Avenue Flandreau, SD 57028 Phone: 605-997-3891 CO-PI Leslie Rae Henry Director Cooperative Extension Outreach Education Agriculture & Natural Resource Extension Outreach Education Oglala Lakota College Stakeholder: Jim Stone Executive Director Inter-Tribal Buffalo Council 2497 West Chicago Street Rapid City, SD 57702 Phone: 605-394-9730 23. Stakeholder: Betty Belkham Superintendent Flandreau Indian School 1132 N Crescent St. Flandreau, SD 57028 Phone: 605-997-3773 Fax: 605-997-2601 TARGET AUDIENCES: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: A one year extension was granted for this planning grant.
As a result of the planning grant, the planning grant researchers submitted a competitive grant proposal to NIFI-OREI: Program: Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative Proposal Number: 2011-01966 Proposal Title: Intra-Tribal Supply Chain Management System For Organic Bison: A Demonstration Project The grant proposal was not funded. The proposed project was given a medium priority for funding by the grant review panel. Overall, the comments were positive, and after discussing the panel comments with the program leader, the grant team decided to request a one year extension of the grant. The extension was granted. Another application to OREI is planned for March 2012.
- No publications reported this period