Junior Agricultural Loan Program

Publication Year: 
2008
Publication Type: 
Program Highlight
Citation: 
Blackfeet Extension
FRTEP - 1862

There is an increasing decline in the number of youth on the Blackfeet Reservation that are interested in agriculture and carrying on the family ranch and farms. The main three reasons identified are lack of interest, knowledge and money.

Youth between the ages of 9 and 21 receive one on one instruction on beef management, including how to develop a five-year herd and financial plan, complete loan applications and financial and herd production records.. They successfully complete the minimum five hours of instruction and application process and borrow money ranging from $3,500 to $8,500 for the purchase of bred cattle. Once loan funds are received, bred cattle are purchased and they proceed with the implementation of their five year cow/calf business plan. Each year youth update their financial statement and production records with the year end reports for their records.