Act introduced to promote urban agriculture

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The things you eat every day may come from as far away as California or even other countries. Urban areas like Toledo often lack their own local source of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Young people in our cities are not getting proper nutrition and many urban areas do not have agricultural know-how in food production.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur is promoting The Urban Agriculture Production Act. That would encourage food to be grown in Toledo and other urban areas.

"We have a massive agricultural overlay that is a gift of nature. That has been with us from the very beginning, in this black swamp region. We have soils that are world class." says Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

She adds it’s time to teach and create expertise in urban agriculture by strengthening agricultural outreach programs and research projects. The goal is to get the act on the 2018 farm bill.