The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a special advisory board to help ensure that Native Americans participate in and benefit from USDA programs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says in a news release that the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching will help native governments, businesses and farmers partner with the USDA to create jobs and strengthen the communities.

The Council will work closely with the Office of Tribal Relations, Farm Service Agency and other USDA agencies to help Native farmers achieve profitability in their business.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, agriculture is the second largest employer in Indian Country.