Rhode Island Agriculture

Consisting of six primary program areas, the Agriculture section of RIDEM's Division of Agriculture and Forest Environment works to sustain, promote and enhance Rhode Island's agricultural viability today and for generations to come.

News & Highlights

LASA Grant Program

The Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grant Program provides grants that directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island. The RIDEM Division of Agriculture will award between $550,000 and $600,000 in this grant round. View the latest grant awards. Learn more

Avian Influenza

DEM is working closely with Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on monitoring and surveilling highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Learn more

Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Network RI (FRSAN RI)

Help Is On the Way! DEM Division of Agriculture and the Center for Mediation and Collaboration are partnering to launch a mental health and wellness program for farmers, commercial fishers, and workers in forestry-related industries. Learn More

Spotted Lanternfly

DEM's Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program has confirmed that Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest targeting plants and trees, has been detected in Rhode Island. Learn more and report sightings

Get Fresh, Buy Local!

Find locally grown food including pick-your-own orchards, pumpkin patches, turkey farms, and more! Find RI Grown Food

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Eligible Rhode Island seniors can sign up to receive a free box of fresh produce provided by local farmers. Learn more

Receipt of Unsolicited Seeds

bag of seeds with mailing label on them

Do Not Plant Unsolicited Seeds. Do Not Throw Unsolicited Seeds In The Trash. Residents across Rhode Island have reported receiving unsolicited packages that appear to have originated in a foreign country and contain seeds. USDA Resource: Buying and Selling Plants and Seeds Online

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