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11 July 2011

Holsman: Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture to hold public hearing on July 11th in Kansas City

At left: Rep. Wyatt (R-Kirksville) tours urban agriculture site at Will Allen Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI

The Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture will hold its first informational hearing tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Pierson Auditorium on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

The General Assembly authorized the creation of the committee with passage of Senate Bill 356 earlier this year. Senate Bill 356 will be signed into law by Governor Nixon today at 2:00PM in Mexico, Missouri, reauthorizing the Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture.

The committee will investigate trends in urban agriculture, including vertical farming, urban farm cooperatives and sustainable living communities and evaluate existing services, resources and capacity for such urban farming and the impact on local communities. The committee will use this information as the basis for future legislation.

The informational hearing will provide a forum for investigation and exploration of these urban agricultural issues with testimony from various advocacy groups, professional urban farmers, and at large members of the agriculture community. Testimony is expected from:
  • Robert Reid, Corporate Citizenship Manager, IBM
  • Beth Low, Director, Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
  • Katherine Kelly, Cultivate KC

What: Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture Committee hearing
When: Tonight, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Pierson Auditorium,
      5000 Rockhill Road, Kansas City

Contact information for the hearing

For additional information on the Joint Committee on Urban Agriculture's informational hearing at UMKC please contact:

Representaitve Holsman's Office
Dan Bryar
Legislative Assistant
(573) 751-6607

UMKC Contact
Troy Lillebo
Director of External Affairs
(816) 235-6585

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