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Participants invited to help launch new Western Urban, Indoor, and Emerging Agriculture initiative
Researchers and professionals in agriculture and the food system are invited to help launch a new, multi-state research, education, and outreach effort supporting new and better ways to grow and market food and useful crops in homes and urban communities.
Faculty, staff, and students in Extension, university research programs, and professionals in private industry, non-profits, and government agencies are asked to join the development committee of the new Western Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative.
The project was launched by two research and Extension-serving organizations, the Western Agriculture Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD) and Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA), in fall 2020. Brad Gaolach, director of WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension, leads the development committee.
The western initiative was created in response to USDA-NIFA’s recently developed Urban, Indoor and Emerging Agriculture program, which helps support the development of emerging, urban, and indoor food production across production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution, and marketing.
“With new NIFA funding for urban, indoor, and emerging agriculture expected to be available in 2021, this initiative will create opportunities to create new projects, scale-up existing ones, and leverage existing funding sources to help expand and enrich food sources, businesses, and communities nationwide,” Gaolach said.
Potential projects range from commercial-scale to community and home-based production, through food equity, access, and reuse in urban communities. Expertise from all aspects of food and agriculture, including production, distribution, equity, and resource recovery, is welcomed.