The USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production is seeking members for a new advisory committee on urban agriculture. The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices – as well as identifying any barriers that may exist.
“We are looking forward to a robust group of nominees to serve on this important new advisory committee,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “This group will underscore USDA’s commitment to all segments of agriculture and has the potential to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments.”
Committee members will include:
- four agricultural producers – two from an urban area or urban cluster and two who use innovative technology;
- two representatives from an institution of higher education or extension program;
- one representative of a nonprofit organization;
- one representative of business and economic development – such as a business development entity, a chamber of commerce, a city government, or a planning organization;
- one individual with supply chain experience;
- one individual from a financing entity; and,
- two individuals with related experience or expertise in urban, indoor and other emerging agriculture production practices.
Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. Self-nominations are also welcome. The 2018 Farm Bill established The Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. It is led by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and has the mission of encouraging and promoting urban, indoor and other emerging agricultural practices – including community composting and food waste reduction.