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Members Sought for Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/08/2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for members to serve on a new advisory committee on urban agriculture. The 12-person group 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 identify any barriers to urban agriculture.

"We are looking forward to a robust group of nominees to serve on this important new advisory committee," said Wisconsin State Conservationist Angela Biggs.

Specifically, the agency is looking for nominations from individuals representing a broad spectrum of expertise, including:

** Four agricultural producers (two agricultural producers in an urban area or urban cluster and two agricultural producers who use innovative technology).

** Two representatives from an institution of higher education or extension program.

** One representative of a nonprofit organization, which may include a public health, environmental or community organization.

** One representative of business and economic development, which may include a business development entity, a chamber of commerce, a city government or a planning organization.

** One individual with supply chain experience, which may include a food aggregator, wholesale food distributor, food hub or an individual who has direct-to-consumer market experience.

** One individual from a financing entity.

** Two individuals with related experience or expertise in urban, indoor and other emerging agriculture production practices, as determined by the Secretary.

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Nominations are due by March 5. For more information, email the designated federal officer of the NRCS at

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