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GETTING HEATED: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich, one of several the company has built across the state. The renewable energy developer has faced opposition from towns and environmentalists due to clear-cutting of forests required for its projects. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Solar flare-up: Solar farms facing backlash across Ocean State

(Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the challenges and opportunities of solar- and wind-farm development in Rhode Island and...
THE DEM has made $150,000 available in the form of farm viability grants. Above are Rhode Island grown peppers. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

DEM: $150K available for farm viability grants

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management says $150,000 in farm viability grant funding is available for projects that enhance a farm’s competitiveness...

URI to offer scholarships in sustainable agriculture to youths from ‘food...

PROVIDENCE – The University of Rhode Island, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will offer five scholarships next year for youths from...
SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST has received a $600,000 federal grant to train new farmers.

Southside Community Land Trust gets $600K from feds to help new...

CRANSTON – The Southside Community Land Trust has launched a $600,000 federally funded initiative to help beginning farmers access resources, tools and training, Sen....
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management and four other local entities have received a combined $275,557 to support local specialty crops. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

R.I. gets $276K in specialty crop support from USDA grants

PROVIDENCE – Four Rhode Island groups and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management were awarded a combined $275,557 to increase specialty crop production and...
MORE THAN 11,000 households in Rhode Island will lose SNAP benefits under the Trump administration's proposed eligibility change.

Study: USDA rule change would cut more than 11,000 R.I. families...

PROVIDENCE – More than 11,000 Rhode Islanders would lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits if a Trump administration proposal to narrow eligibility requirements is...
FOOD EXPORT USA - NORTHEAST has received a multiyear $20 million grant that largely be used to promote Northeast seafood industry suppliers. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CAROLINE BLUMBERG

Nonprofit gets $20M from feds to promote Northeast seafood exports

PROVIDENCE – A nonprofit focused on facilitating trade between Northeast food, agricultural and seafood suppliers, and international importers has received $20 million from the...
THE USDA'S Natural Resource Conservation Service has called on aquaculture oyster producers in Rhode Island to apply for financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program as part of an effort to restore oyster reefs in protected water bodies as part of the Rhode Island Oyster Initiative. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CAROLINE BLUMBERG

USDA calls on oyster farmers to apply for Rhode Island Oyster...

WARWICK – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service has called on aquaculture oyster producers in Rhode Island to apply for financial...
FRIENDLY FOODS: Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston was named the Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part of the 2019 Small Business Week, May 5-11, by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left, Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island district director; Wendell Davis, SBA regional administrator; and Sennen G. Conte, co-owner and chief financial officer of Gerbs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods breeds seeds of success

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part...
THE SIGN-UP period for the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program for fiscal 2019 has begun, with applications to local offices due May 10. / COURTESY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Application period begins for USDA fiscal ’19 conservation program

WARWICK – The next deadline for fiscal 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Stewardship Program is May 10, the department announced Monday. The program, which...

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