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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...
LOOKING ELSEWHERE: Tyler Young, co-owner of the Young Family Farm in Little Compton, said new regulations under the Food Safety and Modernization Act are perceived to be such a hassle by farmers that some are considering changing their crops or leaving the industry.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Farmers concerned about new Food Safety and Modernization Act regulations

When it comes to the Food Safety and Modernization Act, no one denies the importance of safe production, transportation and delivery of food –...
THE IMPACT OF the partial government shutdown is expected to expand exponentially the longer the shutdown extends as federal agencies, without intervention, will run out of cash on hand or lose unpaid employees to staff integral positions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ELIJAH NOUVELAGE

The shutdown’s bad. Buckle up because it could get much worse

NEW YORK - Airport security screeners could quit en masse, grounding flights. The federal courts could stop hearing civil cases. City buses could stop running. And...

URI receives $500K grant from USDA to promote maple industry

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A three-year, $499,427 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acer Access and Development program to a team...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management announced it and six other organizations in Rhode Island received a combined $276,614 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

R.I. receives $276K from federal specialty crop grant program

PROVIDENCE – Six Rhode Island-based groups working to support local agriculture were awarded $187,667 in farm viability grants, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management...

URI professor Corey Lang awarded $1M to study how people value...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Corey Lang, associate professor of environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Rhode Island, wants to know what value...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island receives $4.6M in federal funds to launch...

PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has received $4.6 million to help encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants across New England to increase their...
THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE, on Thursday, was awarded a nearly-$50,000 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm to School grant to increase the amount of locally-grown food in public school lunches in the city. Pictured is the Historic Metcalf –Franklin Preservation Association Farm in Cumberland where Pamela Thurlow, president of Franklin Farm, talks to first-graders about what's growing in the fields. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence wins grant to increase use of local foods in city...

PROVIDENCE - The city of Providence was awarded a $49,766 U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Farm to School program grant Thursday...

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