You can help seed innovation and play a role in increased food security by asking your members of Congress to include the Supporting Urban and Innovative Farming Act in the 2023 Farm Bill.
In just a few minutes you can place a call and/or send an email to your members of Congress.
The 2018 Farm Bill authorized a new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP). The OUAIP supports a variety of agricultural businesses and producers in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Building upon the successes of the OUAIP, the Supporting Urban and Innovative Farming Act will make important reforms to improve the content and delivery of technical assistance to ensure that farmers have the resources they need to be successful and feed their communities. It will also provide resources to community organizations that support urban and innovative farmers and scale composting and food waste initiatives.
“Urban farmers create jobs and opportunity in Ohio cities, and help feed our communities—yet too often they haven’t had the support they need to compete. This bill will provide new tools and resources to support urban agriculture, from research to technical assistance and direct investment.”Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – Sponsor of the Supporting Urban and Inovative Farming Act
“Urban agriculture is key to making food production more resilient, innovative, and diverse. I am proud to introduce this legislation with Congresswoman Adams to build on the progress USDA has made, improve key programs, and expand great opportunities for urban farmers.”Congresswoman Shontel Brown (D-OH) – Sponsor of the Supporting Urban and Innovative Farming Act
Urban Agriculture: Helpful Resources
- OEFFA: Supporting Urban and Innovative Farming Act One-Pager
- Civil Eats: Congress Puts Federal Support for Urban Farming on the Chopping Block
- Senator Van Hollen: Press Release
- NSAC: Press Release
- FarmProgress: Democratic senators look to expand urban agriculture assistance
- Fiona Doherty Op-Ed: Next farm bill needs to support beginning farmers, reduce inequities