USDA Undersecretary to visit Denver and sign MOA for a collaborative North American agriculture network

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Tiana Kennedy, AVC of External Relations, CSU System
Cell: 970-420-3316

Denver, Colo. – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research, Education and Economics (REE) Under Secretary Chavonda J. Jacobs-Young will visit Colorado to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a new agricultural advisory network to connect Mexico, Canada, and the United States in collaborative efforts.

The new network – called NAAAN (North American Agricultural Advisory Network) – is a platform to promote and support innovation, knowledge utilization, and information sharing across rural and urban landscapes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

The signing of the MOA between the USDA and the CSU System, as host country and host institution to the NAAAN Secretariat, will occur on Monday, September 26 at CSU Spur, 4817 National Western Dr., Denver, CO 80216.

The Undersecretary’s visit will include a campus tour including interaction with youth visiting the CSU Spur campus, a private luncheon, and the signing of the MOA. Media are invited to the tour and signing. Media assets will also be available following the event, for those unable to attend.

Schedule of events open to media:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.: CSU Spur tour for the USDA Delegation
    • 11-11:20 a.m.: Undersecretary engages with 5th graders from Swansea Elementary School
  • 1:15 p.m.: MOA signing and photographs in Terra Lobby

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About the NAAAN

The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is a North American platform among advisory services organizations, including government extension services, promoting and supporting innovation, knowledge utilization, and information sharing across rural and urban landscapes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. NAAAN shares North American best practices and facilitates learning from global best practices.

About CSU Spur

CSU Spur is a new, free educational year-round public life-long learning destination in Denver focused on engaging PreK-12 students, families, and visitors around food, water, and health. CSU Spur showcases the work of the CSU System campuses: CSUCSU Pueblo, and CSU Global, and offers degree programs that originate from the campus offerings. Spur is built upon the land-grant mission of access to education and the belief that students can be anything they want to be. To inspire learners of all ages to engage in important world issues, CSU Spur brings together scientists to collaborate, puts science on-display, and showcases career paths. The CSU Spur campus provides immersive learning experiences and cutting-edge research across three buildings: Vida, Terra, and Hydro. Learn more at

About the USDA

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit