The Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) was initially created in the 1990 Farm Bill to address the inequities in agricultural extension offered to Native American farmers and ranchers. Thirty years later, the FRTEP has never been appropriated the funding or staffing it was originally authorized. This report looks at the history of extension in Indian country, the reasons for the FRTEP’s creation, and the hopes held by the FRTEP agents who make the program possible. Through data and storytelling, readers of this report will become well-equipped to advocate on behalf of the Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program, and its agents.
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