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The Intertribal Agriculture Council is accepting essay applications for its 2017 Youth Essay Contest. Essays will be judged on organization of information, spelling and punctuation, quality of grammar and quality of entry. Three finalists will be chosen and honored during the IAC Annual Meeting and Youth Alliance Conference.

Essay Topic:

The next generation of Indian Agriculture will be at the forefront of meeting America’s demand for food security. Our young leaders have been filling crucial roles at home, producing the food that feeds our communities. Now, Indian Country relies on our youth to carry our message farther than ever before. Ensuring a Native voice is heard in the 2018 Farm Bill is a critical concern for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, and we need your help in doing so.

What does my community need in the Farm Bill?

How does the Farm Bill impact Indian Agriculture?

What programs in my community are impacted by the Farm Bill?

How will I take an active role in ensuring my community is represented by the 2018 Farm Bill?

What are two steps my chaperone* and I must take to ensure we effectively reach this active role in our community?

*Designated chaperones awarded a travel scholarship are required to attend all IAC Membership Meeting sessions, December 11-14, 2017.


RESOURCES: An Assessment of Risks and Opportunities for Native Communities in the Farm Bill can be found on the website:

REGISTRATION FEE: Includes all sessions, workshops & the luncheon to be held Tuesday afternoon. For additional information on the registration fees see the registration form.

PROCEDURE: Complete the registration form and return with payment to: Intertribal Agriculture Council 100 North 27th Street, Suite #500 Billings, MT 59101 No purchase orders PLEASE! (Methods of payments accepted: cash, check or credit card; Am. Express, Master Card or Visa)

HOTEL: Address: 4455 PARADISE ROAD | LAS VEGAS, NV | 89169 RESERVATIONS: 1.800.473.7625 (Cancellation Policy is 72 hours) To receive special rate of $85.00 + tax, Please refer to code: SIACM7 when Calling for reservations. Reservation deadline to receive this special rate is: NOVEMBER 17, 2017 -based on availability.

TRANSPORTATION: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is served directly by shuttle, bus, and taxi (http:// Public transportation is also available for travel both to and from the airport.


CANCELLATION: Request for cancellation must be in writing to IAC and received before November 17, 2017. All cancellations are subject to a $75.00 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after November 17, 2017. Room reservations must be canceled directly through the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Hard Rock Hotel Room Reservation Code is: SIACM7 Phone: 1-800-473-7625 ONLINE RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE AT :

2017 IAC is exempt from the hotel early check in fee, but does not guarantee rooms will be available prior to 4pm.