USDA Announces Funding for Compost and Food Waste Reduction

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is overseeing the program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $9.5 million available for pilot projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. The program is part of an effort to encourage urban agriculture, and the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production within USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications through mid-June.

“These cooperative agreements support communities in their efforts to reduce and divert food waste from landfills,” NRCS Chief Terry Cosby said. “These projects will empower communities to reduce waste and support agricultural producers through increased access to compost to improve soil health on their operations.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he oversees efforts to support urban agriculture.
  • For Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby as his agency receives and reviews applications for composting and food waste reduction project funding.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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