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DEM, HEALTH ADVISE RHODE ISLANDERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM GETTING MOSQUITO BITES

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Trapped in Great Swamp in West Kingston

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) are advising Rhode Islanders to take steps to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes. Throughout the mosquito season, which typically lasts through the first hard frost, residents are encouraged to protect themselves by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and avoiding mosquito bites. Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as WNV and EEE and is by far the most effective way of avoiding infection. Read More

DEM: AUGUST 18 WEST NILE/EEE STATUS UPDATE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from the August 4 trap night, one pool collected in South Kingstown tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), as was reported on August 14. Samples of WNV are expected during the latter part of the summer and into early fall. The remaining 150 pools trapped August 4 are confirmed negative for mosquito-borne viruses. Results from the 96 pools from 34 traps set August 12 are pending at the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) Laboratory. Read More

August is designated as Forest Pest Awareness Month to coincide with emergence period for Asian Longhorned Beetles

Two Forest Pest Training Sessions to Be Held in August at Warwick Public Library

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management, in a cooperative effort with the USDA and Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), will conduct forest pest training sessions to increase public awareness of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) throughout the month of August, which has been designated as Forest Pest Awareness Month. Read More

DEM announces that Wright's Dairy Farm in North Smithfield has been named State's 2014 Outstanding Dairy Farm of The Year

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that Wright's Dairy Farm, Inc. of North Smithfield has been named Rhode Island's 2014 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee. Winning dairy farmers from each New England state will be honored at an awards banquet on September 12 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Read More

DEM: JULY 28 WEST NILE/EEE STATUS UPDATE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from all 67 mosquito pools, or samples, from 26 traps set statewide during the week of July 14 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Test results are pending at the RI Department of Health Laboratory for 187 mosquito pools collected from 36 traps set on July 21. Read More

DEM: JULY 21 WEST NILE/EEE STATUS UPDATE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from all 143 mosquito pools, or samples, from 34 traps set statewide during the week of July 7 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Test results are pending at the RI Department of Health Laboratory for 67 mosquito pools collected from 26 traps set on July 14. Read More

DEM: JULY 15 WEST NILE/EEE STATUS UPDATE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that test results from all 149 mosquito pools, or samples, from 29 traps set statewide during the week of June 30 are negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Test results are pending at the RI Department of Health Laboratory for 144 mosquito pools collected from 34 traps set on July 7. Read More

First mosquitoes trapped test negative for WNV and EEE

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces test results from the first mosquitoes trapped this season. All of the 104 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 15 traps set statewide on June 9 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Test results are pending at the RI Department of Health Laboratory for 104 mosquito pools collected from 21 traps set on June 16. Read More

DEM announces opening of four weekly farmers' markets at state parks beginning on May 2; other markets operated by DEM slated to open in late July

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that four farmers' markets located in state parks will open on a weekly basis beginning tomorrow. For the first few weeks, the popular markets primarily will offer bedding plants, hanging plants, cut flowers, meat, early vegetable crops, honey, and maple syrup. As traditional local summer crops become available, more vendors will participate. Read More

Reed, Ag Leaders Announce $255,000 to Help Promote Ocean State Agricultural Products

PAWTUCKET, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today joined officials from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the Rhode Island State Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Farm Fresh Rhode Island to celebrate Earth Day and announce new efforts to promote, research, and market Rhode Island agriculture. Reed announced a series of federal grants coming to Rhode Island to improve nutrition in schools and help increase demand and consumption of local, nutritious, and sustainable Rhode Island-grown food. Read More

DEM announces availability of up to $5 million in open space grants for land preservation projects

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is now accepting applications from municipalities, land trusts, and non-profit land conservation organizations for Rhode Island Local Open Space Matching Grants. A total of up to $5 million is available during this round of the grant program.

"Through these grants, we will continue to help preserve and protect precious open space and farmland, as well as support one of our state's economic drivers - tourism," Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. "Rhode Island is fortunate to enjoy unparalleled natural beauty. By having funds available for our cities and towns, land trusts and conservation organizations, we can continue to safeguard these assets, which strengthen our economy, future and environment." Read More

GOVERNOR CHAFEE AND R.I. DEM ANNOUNCE $200,000 IN GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

Funds to increase competitiveness of R.I. agricultural products and local seafood

PROVIDENCE - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grants, which will assist small or beginning farmers promote and market their agricultural products grown in Rhode Island, as well as local seafood businesses. Read More

DEM/Division of Agriculture announces the availability Viability grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Specialty Crops grown in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that $150,000 in farm viability grant funds is available through DEM for grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are from the US Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops are defined by this federally-supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture and turf grass production. Read More

State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM named RI Veterinarian of the Year by RI Veterinary Medical Association

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM has been named Veterinarian of the Year by the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA). Dr. Marshall, who works in the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture, was presented with the award at RIVMA's annual meeting held last week at the Hyatt Regency in Newport. Read More

Seven indoor winter farmers' markets throughout the state offer Rhode Islanders a wide variety of local products

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Islanders now have seven winter farmers' markets available throughout the state where they can purchase a wide variety of locally-grown and produced products. The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Agriculture and partners are helping to sponsor the indoor farmers' markets through the "Get Fresh. Buy Local." statewide campaign aimed at promoting awareness of and interest in buying RI-grown specialty crops. Read more

Orchards In The Ocean State (Documentary, 2013) Released

DEM announces Award of $205,311 in farm viability grants to enhance and promote Rhode Island specialty crops

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management has announced the award of farm viability grants totaling $205,311 for projects that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops are defined by this federally-supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture and turf grass production.Read more

Get Fresh-Buy Local Campaign Launched!

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Get Fresh-Buy Local is a new statewide Rhode Island-grown campaign to promote awareness of and interest in buying RI-grown specialty crops. This campaign launched at the RI Agriculture Day 2009 festivities at the State House on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. This exciting new effort is made possible by way of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture received in 2008.


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