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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: May 6, 2016
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402

RAIMONDO, MOFFIT, DEM MARK GROWTH OF GREEN ECONOMY WITH 15TH ANNUAL AGRICULTURE DAY NEXT WEEK

PROVIDENCE - As part of her continued efforts to grow Rhode Island's green economy, Governor Raimondo will join the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and partners next week to mark the 15th anniversary of Agriculture Day in Rhode Island; as part of the event, over $200,000 in grants to local farmers and community groups will be announced.

WHERE:
Governor's State Room
Rhode Island State House
Providence, Rhode Island

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

WHO:
Governor Gina Raimondo
Senator Susan Sosnowski
First Gentleman Andy Moffit
DEM Director Janet Coit
Neil Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation
Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Increasingly, Rhode Island's local agriculture and food sectors are cited as areas ripe for innovation and growth; Rhode Island's green industries account for more than 15,000 jobs and contribute $2.5 billion to the economy; the state's food system supports another 60,000 jobs. Now in its third year, the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant program supports efforts to strengthen these vital sectors of the economy and help local farmers and fishermen grow their businesses.

As part of Agriculture Day festivities, local farmers, food businesses, and community groups will provide free food samples and information about their work; displays will be set up around the State House Rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.

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