Mission Statement


  •  Bring urban and minority leaders and policy makers together to learn about agricultural and rural issues  and concerns;
  •  Inform an ever-increasing number of urban and minority legislators about agricultural issues; and
  •  Educate non-rural legislators on the often unseen effects on and potential benefits to their districts.


The Urban-Ag Academy's goal is to provide a real opportunity for urban and minority legislators to learn more about agricultural and rural issues.  By bringing urban, minority and rural policymakers together with experts in agriculture, rural development and other relevant areas, we begin to create opportunities for all legislators to be fully engaged in the conversation and efforts to move this sector of our constituencies forward. 

The Urban-Ag Academy initiative was launched by Representative Miller in 2011 in order to engage minority and urban legislators more fully in agricultural and rural policy making in state legislative bodies.