Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP), Jeannie Benally, Shiprock Cooperative Extension Office
FRTEP agent Jeannie Benally (now retired) provided leadership in educational outreach and cultivated partnerships with other agencies for work in the Navajo Shiprock community. Alexendra Carlisle – the new FRTEP agent, is furthering the goals established by Benally and the Navajo Nation.
Enhancing the attitudes, knowledge, skills and behavior of Navajo Nation agricultural producers, both adult and youth is a primary objective of this program. This is accomplished through delivery of intensive training, technological adaptation, agri-business projects and development of food policies. Shiprock Cooperative Extension office encourages producers to adopt sustainable agricultural practices which are attainable through intensive training and technology. With this guidance, producers are able to develop agri-business projects and address food security within the Tribe.
The Extension office conducts classroom sessions with hands-on demonstrations and techniques, and utilizes professional experts from the Universities, Tribal and Federal programs. Through collaboration with partners locally, statewide, nationally and internationally, the team has initiated pilot projects for agri-businesses and established focus groups to address food security on the Navajo Nation – resulting in the development of food policies.