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.

Program and Partner News & Highlights

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

Wholesale Readiness for Institutions Food Buyers (RI Food Policy Council)

Rhode Island institutions — including our 44 school districts, 11 hospitals, and 11 colleges and universities — provide an important market for Rhode Island grown, harvested, and manufactured food. In addition to supporting local farm, seafood, and prepared food businesses, institutional food purchases also help increase access to fresh, healthy, local food for all Rhode Islanders. Find resources and inspiration for RI institutional food buyers and sellers

Grower Resource: Free legal service for growers

The Legal Food Hub of the Conservation Law Foundation connects income–eligible farmers, food businesses, and the organizations that support them to FREE legal services for a wide range of legal issues.

Farm to Institution New England report and statistics

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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. Read DEM Press Release

USDA Resource: Buying and Selling Plants and Seeds Online


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