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Urban Agriculture Listening Sessions

Urban Agriculture Listening Sessions

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in developing the fiscal year 2020 Request for Applications for the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative.

The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER), in conjunction with our partners, will send a coordinated response to NIFA’s request, incorporating input from WCMER member institutions and their local stakeholders, to support NIFA’s goal for developing FY 2020 RFA for the program.

To gather broad sector input for the response, WCMER collected input through:

  • an on-line survey and
  • hosting four on-line listening sessions

How we will use this information:

Input from the listening sessions and survey responses has been aggregated and summarized by WCMER for the purpose of providing comments to NIFA; no personally identifying information was included.

Background information: NIFA invests in Urban Agriculture research and education through its Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, AFRI Foundational Knowledge of Agriculture Production Systems, Specialty Crop Research Initiative, AFRI Small and Medium Sized Farms, Community Food Projects, and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Information on these programs and how they help address urban, indoor and emerging agricultural production priorities can be found in NIFA’s website through the following address: https://nifa.usda.gov/​program/​uie-ag.

WCMER developed an overview of projects funded through these NIFA programs and is available for download here

Listening Sessions: WCMER member institution Michigan State University’s National Charrette Institute designed and provided facilitation for the on-line listening sessions.  The 4 listening sessions were conducted May 28-29, 2020.

UPDATES

CLICK to view the results and summary from the survey and listening sessions

Survey closes June 7th.

Contact

For more information on the Western Center NIFA listening sessions, please contact:

Brad Gaolach Ph. D.  
Director | Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research
Phone: (425) 405-1734

In Partnership With:

Thank You!

Lead Facilitators
Holly Madill Michigan State University National Charrette Institute
Marie Ruemenapp Michigan State University Extension & National Charrette Institute
Lindsey Gardener Michigan State University Extension

 

Breakout Room Facilitators & Note Takers
Abby Harper Michigan State University Extension
Andy Northrup Michigan State University Extension
Bethany Prykucki Michigan State University Extension
Brad Gaolach Washington State University
Brian Wibby Michigan State University Extension
Brooke Alford Purdue University
Ed Scott Michigan State University Extension
Emily Proctor Michigan State University Extension
Eric Killian University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Garrett Ziegler Michigan State University Extension
Harmony Gmazel Michigan State University Extension
Jae Gerhart Michigan State University Extension
Janelle Stewart Michigan State University Extension
Jeff Young University of Kentucky Coop Extension
Joshua Campbell Oklahoma State University
Kaitlin Wojciak Michigan State University Extension
Kimmi Devaney King County, WA, Farm Bureau
Laura Dodds Purdue University
Lindsey Lunsford Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension
Martha Aitken Washington State University
Mary Martin University of Wyoming
Mary Reilly Michigan State University Extension
Naim Edwards Michigan State University Extension
Najma Muhammad Michigan State University (graduate student)
Nicky Ulrich North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Nicole Debose The Ohio State University
Rebecca Rogers Michigan State University Extension
Ritchie Harrison Michigan State University Extension
Roxanne Turner Michigan State University Extension
Shellye Suttles Indiana University & Marion County, IN, Farm Bureau
Will Cronin Michigan State University Extension
Zac Bonzheim Michigan State University (graduate student)