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Amendment to fund urban ag introduced

The Chair of the Senate Ag Committee has filed an amendment to restore urban agricultural funding for the next fiscal year.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the $8.5 million would restore the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production and its programs.  Funding was not included in previous ag appropriation bills in either chamber but was approved for $9 million in fiscal year 2023.

The office was created in the 2018 Farm Bill and has invested more than $50 million in more than 230 projects across the country.  It also oversees 17 Urban Service Centers in select cities.

The amendment is cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Jacky Rosen of Nevada.

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