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National Urban Agriculture Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2024, in Detroit, MI

Have you heard about the National Urban Agriculture Conference happening Aug. 4-6 in Detroit, MI? USDA’s Farm Service Agency, along with lead organizer NUag Initiative, is welcoming 500 attendees to build stronger connections between USDA programs and those working in the field of urban agriculture.

A limited number of $1,000 conference attendance scholarships are available, reimbursable to urban farmers and partnering cooperators who register and apply. See the scholarship application with a June 21 deadline.

To learn more and sign up for early bird pricing (on or before June 30), see the website for the conference registration.

USDA assists urban, small-scale, and innovative producers with growing, processing and selling. We provide technical and financial assistance for a variety of growing operations, including community farms and gardens, rooftop, indoor, and vertical farms, and hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic facilities.

These operations provide healthy, local food, encourage economic development, provide employment and on-the-job training, expand community greenspaces, foster community collaboration, build climate and disaster resilient communities, and are an essential part of a resilient diversified food system.

Fiscal Year 2024 Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Pilot Projects

USDA is accepting applications for local governments to host Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2024. The office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 4, 2024.

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Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production’s mission is to include urban, small-scale, and innovative producers in USDA’s support of American agriculture in all its forms. The Office coordinates across USDA agencies to update programs and engage with stakeholders to determine and adapt to the needs of producers.

Grants

Grants are available to initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, schools, cities, tribes, and other stakeholders to increase food production, provide training and education, support infrastructure needs, encourage climate resilient practices, and more.

Learn more about Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grants.

Cooperative Agreements for Composting and Food Waste Reduction

Cooperative agreements help local and tribal governments develop infrastructure and strategies for composting and food waste reduction. Preference is provided to projects that make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, integrate plans to save and reuse food waste, anticipate economic benefits, and provide collaboration with multiple partners. Proposals require a 25% match, which can include in-kind contributions.

Learn more about Composting and Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements.

Federal Advisory Committee

This committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices as well as identifies barriers to urban farmers and agricultural innovation.

Learn more about the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

People’s Garden

The People’s Garden is a growing network of gardens nationwide, including one at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They empower communities to join, grow and teach about gardening in a sustainable way and the benefits of resilient, local food systems.

Learn more about The People’s Garden.

Partnerships

The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production partners with a variety of agencies and stakeholders to support and further the goals of urban, small-scale, and innovative production producers.

The Office coordinates an Internal Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from agencies across USDA, to provide USDA-wide coordination and messaging. This coordination allows the Office to provide recommendations to agencies for program and policy updates, outreach, and identify linkages with other programs that may not be explicitly focused on urban agriculture, small-scale and innovative production.

In addition, the Office partners across the Federal government and conducts outreach with a variety of external stakeholders to reach a broad audience and ensure fairness in program delivery.

Newsletters

The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production releases a monthly newsletter that includes funding opportunities, helpful resources, and updates from around the country. Sign-up to receive the newsletter and other announcements at farmers.gov/urban. View our current and previous issues:

Additional USDA Support and Resources

USDA offers a wide variety of programs and services to urban, small scale, and innovative producers to help them start, expand, and improve their operations. The Urban Agriculture at a Glance brochure highlights USDA programs and resources available to customers, partners, entities, and their communities.

Additional USDA support includes conservation, disaster assistance, crop insurance, and safety-net programs. Learn more at farmers.gov/urban.

USDA Urban Service Centers map

Urban Hubs in select cities, further assist urban, small-scale, and innovative producers. The USDA has established Urban Service Centers, Flagship People’s Gardens and partnerships with Community-Based Organizations in the following cities:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Richmond, VA
  • St. Louis, MO

Farm Service Agency Urban County Committees are located in the above cities, as well as these recently added cities:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Denver, CO
  • Boston, MA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Jackson, MS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Houston, TX

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Contact Us

Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, D.C. 20250-0170
Email: urbanagriculture@usda.gov

For more information on USDA and urban agriculture, visit www.farmers.gov/urban or email us at urbanagriculture@usda.gov