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.

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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. 

Federal Advisory Committee

This committee will be composed of agricultural producers and industry professionals who will advise the USDA on policies and outreach.

Nominations for individuals representing a broad spectrum of expertise are due March 5, 2021. 

For information on how to apply, see:

Urban and Suburban County Committees

USDA has selected Farm Service Agency County Committees focused on urban agriculture. Farmers who serve on committees help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level and ensure the programs serve the needs of local producers. Committees include:

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • St. Louis, Mo.

More information:


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 the pandemic. Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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 offices.usda.gov.

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