Nathan Notah was appointed Director of IAC’s American Indian Foods International Export Program in November, 2006. He has been employed with the IAC since 1998 serving in the Southeast US region for most of that time. He is currently responsible for directing the day to day operations of the American Indian Foods International Export Program which is funded by USDA/Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). His duties include working with Tribal businesses and American Indian owned businesses by providing them export education, resources and opportunities that can facilitate global market penetration by increasing sales of their products.
In Nathan’s previous duties with the IAC he served initially as the Southeast US Region Representative with headquarters in Stillwater, OK and eventually served as Director of Region Operations. He was responsible for disseminating information on USDA’s general purposes and programs that were applicable to Indian lands. Additionally, the Region Operations Program informed native communities on the mission, goals and objectives of the IAC organization and gathered concerns of Native American communities specific to the direction and mission of USDA and IAC.
Born and raised on the Navajo Indian reservation in Tohatchi, New Mexico, Nathan grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He attended secondary school in Tohatchi where he was active in 4-H and FFA and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University.
Nathan began his career in 1987 with the Department of Agriculture for the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona. In 1991, Mr. Notah joined the Cooperative Extension Service with the University of California-Davis. He served as an extension agent for Glenn, Colusa and Butte counties in northern California with offices in Orland, Colusa and Chico.
Some of Nathan’s accomplishments include high school and collegiate rodeo, earning FFA’s American Farmer Degree and is a past state Vice President for the New Mexico FFA association. He has served on various committees with the California Cooperative Extension Service, chaired the California Sate 4-H curriculum committee and the statewide Native American workgroup. Nathan has also served as an advisor to the Oklahoma and Texas tribal Conservation Advisory Councils, the Oklahoma Food Policy Advisory Council and the Southeast Regional NRCS Native American workgroup.
Nathan maintains an interest in production agriculture and working with Native communities.