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

Mini-Grant Program

The RI DEM Division of Agriculture (DEM) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Applications are due by December 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM. 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 for first time 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

From March 1 through April 15, eligible Rhode Island seniors can sign up to receive a free box of fresh produce with a value of $20 for the first round of the new bulk purchase program. Produce will be provided by local farmers and delivered by Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI) at the sign up locations on a specified delivery day. Each box will also contain nutrition, recipe, and storage information provided by URI SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program for the produce received. 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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