Producers, Public Invited to April Meeting of Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Randall Weiseman General

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging urban producers, innovative producers and other stakeholders to submit comments for and virtually attend the fifth public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Committee) on April 18, 2023.

“The Federal Advisory Committee is a valuable source of on the ground information and recommendations for USDA,” said Terry Cosby, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which houses USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP). “I encourage members of the public to attend and submit comments for the Committee to help us better serve urban and innovative producers and their communities.”

Topics for the upcoming meeting will include addressing public comments and discussing the following recommended topics:

  • A new public/online database for grant and funding programs
  • Farm Service Agency loan programs
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Food loss and waste; and
  • Food labeling

The Committee will deliberate and vote on proposed recommendations and address public comments during the meeting.

The virtual meeting will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on April 18, 2023. To attend virtually, register by April 18 on the Committee’s webpage. To submit comments, send by11:59 p.m. ET on May 2 through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Docket NRCS-2023-0006.

Additional details are available in the Federal Register notice.