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Iowa Urban Agriculture

NRCS serves all agriculture – large to small, conventional to organic, rural to urban. As American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, NRCS conservation assistance is growing along with it. By bringing cultivation and opportunity to both rural and urban areas, we address many needs.

NRCS can help provide valuable resources to small-scale and urban farmers in Iowa. Whether it be compost, irrigation or weed and pest management we have something to help you get started.

Urban agriculture is the cultivation, processing, and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban areas. We can provide community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic facilities and more to small-scale farmers living in Iowa.

Assistance for Urban Farmers

High Tunnels
Soil Health
Weed and Pest Management

Ready to Get Started?

Starting an urban farm comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. NRCS can help with the challenges of conservation, and support urban farmers in their efforts to achieve local, healthy, sustainable food for their communities. Start by contacting your local NRCS Service Center.

In addition to NRCS, other USDA agencies, including the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency, and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), offer programs and services to urban producers. To learn more: 

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