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Urban Programs
About 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas. Among the public issues they deal with are health, community development, natural resources and the environment, and workforce development. NIFA works to increase awareness of the need for Cooperative Extension Service programs in urban areas and provides funding for them.

NIFA provided leadership and support for the development of a national strategic plan that presents a vision of U.S. urban extension programs. The strategic plan suggests a framework within which this vision can be realized. NIFA is expanding funding for related urban issues. Much of the existing funding does not exclude urban programs but is often perceived as rural. NIFA, like many federal agencies, is building partnerships with other federal agencies to strengthen extension program delivery.

Programs in youth development, human nutrition, and urban gardening have a proven track record in urban areas. As societal demands and competition increase for fewer federal, state, and county dollars, urban extension programming is a cost-effective way of reaching a large number of our citizens through urban program delivery.
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