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Urban Agriculture Grants and Engagement Opportunities

Urban agriculture generally refers to the cultivation, processing and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban settings, including things like vertical production, warehouse farms, community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic facilities, and other innovations. Urban farmers and gardeners work among diverse populations to expand access to nutritious foods, foster community engagement, provide jobs, educate communities about farming, and expand green spaces.

How to Get Involved

Feedback from farmers is crucial to USDA’s success, and USDA is working on two different networks to gather input and information. 


How to Get Funding

Deadlines have passed for Fiscal Year 2020 grants and cooperative agreements.


USDA's Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to create a new office to better focus on the needs of urban farmers. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is leading the USDA-wide office, including representatives from several other USDA agencies such as Farm Service Agency and the Agricultural Marketing Service.

This office works to:

  • Manage a competitive grants program
  • Establish a federal advisory committee and 10 FSA urban and suburban county committees
  • Engage stakeholders and identify state and municipal best practices to assist urban and suburban farmers
  • Develop policies and resources to assist urban producers

Additional Resources

Find Your Local Service Center

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, some are only available for phone appointments at this time. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. You can learn the status of your service center through the Service Center Status Map. Learn more at

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit

Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.