The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages urban producers, innovative producers and other stakeholders to virtually attend the fourth public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production, set for Thursday, Feb. 23.

The meeting is set for 3:30-6 p.m. To attend, register by Feb. 23 at

USDA will share the agenda 24-48 hours prior to the meeting at that website.

“Since last year, the Federal Advisory Committee has been a source of valuable, on the ground information and recommendations for USDA,” said Terry Cosby, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, which houses USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. “This meeting will help us better serve urban and innovative producers and their communities,”  according to a news release from MaryAnne Coffin of the Farm Service Agency.

The committee is part of USDA’s efforts to support urban and innovative agriculture, creating a network for feedback. Members include agricultural producers, and representatives from the areas of higher education or extension programs, non-profits, business and economic development, supply chains and financing.

Meeting topics include addressing previous public comments, subcommittee and committee deliberations, and a public forum.

Written comments for the meeting must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 9 through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Docket #2022-24020.

For special accommodations, contact Markus Holliday at


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