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Groups Celebrate Support for Urban and Innovative Agriculture in New Farm Bill
CONTACT: Marianne Cufone: 813-785-8386, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 8, 2019 -- A coalition of farmers, food and health organizations, including the Recirculating Farms Coalition, the Greater New Orleans Growers Alliance, and the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, are celebrating a hopeful start to the new year – for the first time, Congress allocated funds and other resources in the Farm Bill specifically to support urban and innovative U.S. agriculture.
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, said, "This is a landmark moment. Urban and innovative farms and farmers are a meaningful part of U.S. agriculture, and with this new acknowledgment and support in the Farm Bill, they will be able to contribute even more."
Innovative farming includes hydroponics, land-based aquaculture and aquaponics, which are types of growing systems that Cufone's Coalition specifically works with nationwide.
Urban farming can come in many shapes and sizes, attracting participants of various ages and backgrounds; thus it is expanding steadily throughout the U.S. In recognition of this, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies are increasing support services in and around cities for growers.
Margee Green, a co-founder of the Greater New Orleans Growers Alliance (GNOGA), said, "We've seen steady development in farming, and we expect to see even more people become growers now that there is dedicated support and services from the government. We are excited about the opportunity to work and learn more with our friends in rural areas."
The Recirculating Farms Coalition and GNOGA are part of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, an organization that advises the New Orleans City Council on farming and food policy. NOLA FPAC members also led outreach and education efforts urging Congress to acknowledge and promote urban and innovative farming.
"The collaborative partners and members that comprise NOLA FPAC advocated at the local and national levels for urban and innovative agriculture to be included in the Farm Bill reauthorization. We are thrilled that Congress recognized the need to specifically support these growers, who can provide fresh, local food in and around cities where it is vital," said NOLA FPAC Executive Director Elisa Munoz.
Urban and innovative farming offers important benefits for both mitigating the effects of and reducing contributions to climate change. Studies note that these farms can save energy by using solar or other alternative sources, manage water by collecting and recycling rainwater – also preventing flooding and runoff – and reduce use of fuel for shipping and refrigeration, as food is produced near consumers. Additionally, smaller farms with unique designs, dispersed throughout cities, can be resilient, providing food when it is most needed.
"With an uncertain and changing climate, investing in urban and innovative agriculture is smart for our future. We applaud Congress for recognizing this in the new Farm Bill," Marianne Cufone said.
Other Releases and Statements
September 26, 2018 — Court Stops Industrial Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico — National
February 16, 2016 — Fishing and Public Interest Groups Sue Feds On New Rules Allowing Industrial Offshore Aquaculture — National
January 13, 2016 — National and Local Groups Oppose Industrial Fish Farming Regulations — National
November 20, 2015 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Denounces FDA Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon for Human Consumption – National
October 6, 2015 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Celebrates National Farm-to-School Month! – Louisiana
September 2, 2015 – USDA Appoints Recirculating Farms Coalition Executive Director to Special Task Force – National
August 29, 2015 – Volunteers Do Community Service With Recirculating Farms Coalition In Commemoration of 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – Louisiana
May 15, 2015 – Proposed Farm to School Laws Continue Move Forward in Louisiana – Louisiana
May 1, 2015 – Farm to School Law Moves Forward in Louisiana – Louisiana
April 22, 2015 – For Earth Day, Innovative Farming Group Announces Series of Free “Sustainable Farming” Classes — National
April 1, 2015 – Gulf Fisheries Plan for Menhaden Fails to Address Critical Issues – Gulf of Mexico
February 2, 2015 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Awarded Grant to Train and Mentor New and Beginning Farmers; USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Makes Announcement in New Orleans – National
February 5, 2014 – Statement of Executive Director, Marianne Cufone, on Congress Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill – National
November 6, 2013 – City of New Orleans Celebrates Groundbreaking of Innovative Urban Farm – Growing local NOLA – National
October 29, 2013 – Statement of Executive Director Marianne Cufone, Recirculating Farms Coalition on 9th Circuit Appellate Decision – National
August 13, 2013 – Backyard Gardeners Network, Recirculating Farms Coalition Host Community Day In Lower 9th Ward – Louisiana
February 8, 2013 – Open Ocean Aquaculture Would Harm the Gulf of Mexico: Statement by Marianne Cufone – National
October 22, 2012 – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Announces Partnership to Build Growing Local NOLA – National
September 24, 2012 – Unique Training Program Will Support New and Beginning Urban Farmers – National
August 23, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Coalition, New Orleans Food & Farm Network to Build Innovative Urban Food and Farm Center – National
August 8, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Help Florida Families Eat Healthy During Tough Economy – Florida
July 16, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Urges Congress to Improve Farm Bill – National
June 1, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Help New Orleans Eat Local – Louisiana
April 20, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Creates First Interactive Map Of U.S. Commercial Water Farms – Helps Consumers Find Fresh Local Food To Celebrate Earth Day – National
February 9, 2012 – AMPS Builds New Orleans’ 1st “Aeroponic” Recirculating Farm, Demonstrates Sustainable Urban Agriculture – National
October 3, 2011 – New Orleans “Worst food desert in U.S.” and “Best City in America for Foodies” – Louisiana
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – National
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – California
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Louisiana
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – New York
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Texas
September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Wisconsin