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R.I. misses out on $1B in federal funding for economic projects

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ambitions to jump-start the state’s biotech and blue economies with multi-millions in federal funding were dashed on Friday after neither Rhode...

Too many crops aren’t used to feed people

Rising competition for many of the world’s important crops is sending increasing amounts toward uses other than directly feeding people. These competing uses include...
FARMER’S ALMANAC: From left, Cloud Agronomics Executive Chairman Jaymin Patel and CEO Mark Tracy are helping provide farmers data-driven methods to bring farming into the 21st century. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Cloud Agronomics’ technology offers a new lay of the farmland

PBN INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2020 TECHNOLOGY Cloud Agronomics WITH WIDENING PRESENCES in Providence and Boulder, Colo., and a fresh partnership with Microsoft Corp.’s AI for Earth,...
ALL IN ONE BASKET: Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Maine, in this 2016 file photo. Debate is heating up in Maine over state legislation that requires cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption.  / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Maine mulls legislation mandating cage-free eggs

Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates...

A Turf Farmer That Never Stops Growing

When it comes to making your business smarter, sometimes it pays to talk to your dad. For Kingston Turf Farms, a multi-generational turf grower in...
supporting others: Young Family Farm co-owners Karla and Tyler Young.
 / COURTESY YOUNG FAMILY FARM

Five Questions With Tyler Young

5Q: Tyler Young | Co-owner, Young Family Farm (Editor’s note: This is a condensed version of a story that was originally published online Aug. 3.) 1....
MELISSA BREENE JORDAN and Matt Jordan operate the Breene Hollow Farm 50-cow milking operation. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Breene Hollow Farm named 2018 Outstanding Rhode Island Dairy Farm

WEST GREENWICH – Breene Hollow Farm has been named Rhode Island’s 2018 Outstanding Dairy Farm by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee, the R.I....
FIRST MEETING: Doreen Pezza leads the first meeting of Rhode Island Women in Agriculture. In the foreground is Heidi Quinn, Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association executive director. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nonprofit boosting women on the farm

As part-owner of the four-generation Pezza Farm in Johnston, Doreen Pezza knows what it takes to be a farmer. “Farming is not a glamorous industry,”...
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