THE BRONX - Members of the USDA met with urban farmers in the South Bronx Tuesday to discuss improving agriculture methods. 

The USDA, along with the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture, met with urban farmers at the La Familia Verde Farmers Market and the Tremont Community Garden on Prospect Avenue.

The USDA says it hopes to better understand the unique challenges urban agriculture faces, as it looks to expand its capacity to better serve and meet the needs of farmers in urban areas.

The government agency says it will also offer loans to help urban farmers obtain more land and storage so that they may continue to grow fresh produce for the Bronx.