Tribal Agriculture and Hemp Summit

February 29, 2024
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (EST)

Little River Casino Resort, 2700 Orchard Highway, Manistee, Michigan 49660


A Michigan Indian Education Council Sanctioned Pre-Conference Event

Is your tribe actively supporting food sovereignty, agriculture and/or hemp projects?  Are you interested in learning more about what other Michigan tribes and their partners are working on related to these topics?  Would you like to see more collaboration among Michigan Tribes on food, agriculture and hemp?

If the answer is “YES!”, please consider joining us for the first ever Tribal Agriculture and Hemp Summit on Thursday, February 29th at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, MI.  This pre-conference event will immediately preceed the Michigan Indian Education Council (MIEC) - Native American Critical Issues Conference

The Tribal Agriculture and Hemp Summit is FREE to participants, and registration includes reimbursement of mileage and up to three nights lodging to facilitate participation in the MIEC conference. Attendance at the event will be verified prior to reimbursement. Participants are encouraged to present a 10-minute “flash talk” on current food, agriculture or hemp projects in their communities. 

If you are intending to also attend the MIEC, you must register for that separately here: MIEC - Native American Critical Issues Conference.  

AGENDA for Thurs., Feb 29, 2024
10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

10:30 a.m. - MI Tribal Ag and Food Sovereignty Overview – Dr. Martin Reinhart and Emily Proctor

11:15 a.m. - MI Hemp and TRIM Project Overview – Drs. James DeDecker and Steve Yanni

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Local Food, Ag and Hemp Projects Flash Talks (10-15 min each) – Participants

2:00 p.m. - Ag and Hemp Needs & Opportunities Activity/Discussion – All

3:00 p.m. - Adjourn

4:00 p.m. – MIEC Preconference Reception

Registration includes reimbursement of up to three nights lodging to facilitate participation in the MIEC conference. If desired, please call 1-888-568-2244 and mention the MIEC Native American Critical Issues Conference to receive the discounted rate of $129 per night. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and for registering for the MIEC conference at


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact ANR Event Services at or 517-884-7081.