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USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

Rachel Giles, Public Affairs Specialist
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One-acre community garden on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota.


One-acre community garden on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota.

Huron, S.D., June 2, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. The USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. The USDA will accept applications on until 10:59 p.m. Central Time on July 30, 2021.

“Such projects have the potential to educate, innovate, and unify communities to improve nutrition and food access and increase local food production in urban areas,” said Laura Broyles, Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting State Conservationist in South Dakota.

Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access, education, business and start-up costs for new farmers, urban agroforestry or food forests, and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.

Implementation projects that accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers. Projects will improve local food access and collaborate with partner organizations and may support infrastructure needs, emerging technologies, educational endeavors, and urban farming policy implementation.

A pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the grants’ purpose, project types, eligibility, and basic requirements for submitting an application. The webinar will be posted at   

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