Organic Certification Cost Sharing Available

USDA organic logoBe sure to turn in your Cost-Share applications to the Rhode Island DEM, Division of Agriculture before the September 30, 2016 deadline.

Download the cost-share application forms, a list of eligible expenses and information here.

If demand exceeds the funds allocated by USDA to Rhode Island, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, contact Matt Green, Environmental Scientist, Plant Industry Section, Rhode Island DEM, Division of Agriculture via phone: 401-222-2781 ext. 4516, fax: 401-222-6047 or email: matt.green@dem.ri.gov.

USDA designates three counties in Rhode Island as a Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA LogoIn a press releases issued September 8, 2016, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Providence, Bristol and Kent counties in Rhode Island as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in these counties qualify for natural disaster assistance.

“Our hearts go out to those Rhode Island farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Rhode Island producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Read more here.