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USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson meets with representatives from the United Soybean Board, PoreShield, SYNLawn, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, National Biodiesel Board, and soybean growers at Rooftop Reds, worlds first commercially viable rooftop urban vineyard system, in Brooklyn Navy Yard, in New York, NY, on July 28, 2021. Rooftop Reds Founder and Managing Partner Devin Shomaker utilizes SYNLawn a USDA BioPreferred soy-based synthet

Urban Agriculture-Illinois

Are you gardening or farming in an urban environment? NRCS has resources that can help you start and grow your operation.

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NRCS can help

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers technical and financial assistance with conservation practices, such as high tunnels, and we can help you develop a conservation plan.

What is urban agriculture?

Urban agriculture includes the cultivation, processing, and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban areas. Community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic facilities, and vertical production are all examples of urban agriculture. Small towns may also be included.

Service Centers

If you haven’t worked with USDA previously, your first step should be to contact your USDA Service Center and make an appointment. Find your nearest office by using the tool below. Be sure to ask what documents you’ll need.

Some considerations before your visit:
What is your vision for your garden or farm?
What are your challenges?
If you need information in a language other than English, we offer free translation services.

Find Your Local Service Center

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


Illinois Urban Manual

A technical manual designed for urban ecosystem protection and enhancement. Contains standards, construction specifications, material specifications and standard drawings.

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