Where the wild rice grows: USDA celebrates Indigenous agriculture, businesses, and peoples

“Today more and more tribal nations are looking to establish and expand access to global markets. For example, Minnesota’s Red Lake, Inc. – wholly owned by the Red Lake Nation – has begun to join USDA’s agribusiness trade missions (ATM), seeking to establish new partnerships around the world. Twenty years ago, the Red Lake Nation began exporting their cultivated wild rice and value-added rice products from their tribal members with the Red Lake Nation Foods brand. Their wild rice is cultivated and grown in the tribal land’s paddy fields. In the past three years, it has grown its farms to more than 1,000 acres with plans for annual growth.”

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