Urban Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced six additional locations for Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees focused exclusively on urban agriculture.

Organized under USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture, the new committees in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis join ones in Albuquerque, NM, Cleveland, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, and Richmond, VA. (announced earlier this year) and are part of a broader effort directed by the 2018 Farm Bill for USDA to enhance support for urban agriculture.

“County committees play a critical role in representing farmer priorities at the local level,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “These six FSA county committees will provide input and priorities unique to the opportunities and challenges of farming in urban environments.” Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips 

In May 2020, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research (WCMER) and National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) hosted listening sessions related to NIFA developing an Urban and Emerging Agriculture grant program. The Western Experiment Station and Extension Directors have formally created a development committee with a charge to establish a Western Urban, Indoor, and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative to facilitate and promote multi-state research and extension projects. Anyone, including those outside the Western Region, interested in joining this effort (all aspects of the food system including production, marketing, distribution, access, equity, and resource recovery) are encouraged to do so. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: ECOP Monday Minute 

Extension Directors and Administrators are invited to network and engage with expert panelists who will present multiple strategies that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Joining ECOP Chair Chris Watkins will be Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, and Brad Gaolach, Washington State University Extension, Director of Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension (WCMER). The event is taking place Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more

Sourced from: ECOP