September 19, 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture will host the Urban Agriculture Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is set to host the first public meeting of the first Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24.

The public, including urban producers, are encouraged to attend the webinar, according to a press release from the Maine State FSA office in Bangor.

“I look forward to working with this new federal advisory committee on urban agriculture,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, according to a news release from the Maine state FSA office in Bangor. “The committee’s valuable knowledge and expertise will provide critical guidance to help us better serve urban agricultural producers, strengthen local food systems, and increase equity and access to healthy, local food.”

The new Federal Advisory Committee is part of USDA’s efforts to support urban agriculture, creating a feedback network. Members, announced last month, include agricultural producers, as well as representatives from higher education or extension programs, non-profit organizations, business and economic development, supply chains and the funding.

The meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To attend, register by Friday, March 18 at Additional details are available in the March 8 Federal Register notice, on or on the committee’s web page.

At the meeting, committee members will discuss administrative matters and consult on the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Notice of Funding Opportunity for Urban, Indoor, and Urban Agriculture Grants. emerging.

Members of the public who wish to submit comments or questions related to urban agriculture can submit them through Comments must be submitted by March 18.

For special accommodations, contact Leslie Glover at 602-395-9536 or [email protected].

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