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DEM ANNOUNCES PROHIBITION ON THE MOVEMENT OF FIREWOOD INTO RHODE ISLAND DUE TO INVASIVE INSECTS FOUND IN NEIGHBORING STATES

Campers and Vacationers Advised to use only Local Firewood

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is responsible for the early detection and surveillance of exotic invasive insect pests and preventing the establishment of these pests into the state. The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), an invasive insect, has been detected in Massachusetts since 2008 and caused millions of dollars of damage and loss of trees within the natural environment. Recently another exotic invasive, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), was detected in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. 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 64 mosquito pools collected by DEM staff from 20 traps set statewide on June 15 have been confirmed negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Test results are pending at the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) Laboratory for 134 mosquito pools collected from 23 traps set on June 22. Read More

DEM ANNOUNCES COTTRELL HOMESTEAD IN WEST KINGSTON HAS BEEN NAMED RHODE ISLAND'S 2015 OUTSTANDING DAIRY FARM OF THE YEAR

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that Cottrell Homestead in West Kingston has been named Rhode Island's 2015 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 18 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Read More

2015 LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND SEAFOOD ACT (LASA) GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) announce the 2015 recipients of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Grants Program. A total of $210,000 is being awarded this year to 15 recipients, including $20,000 to be used by DEM and the RI Seafood Marketing Collaborative for a statewide local seafood promotion campaign. Read More

DEM ANNOUNCES OPENING OF THREE WEEKLY FARMERS' MARKETS AT STATE PARKS; OTHER MARKETS OPERATED BY DEM WILL OPEN IN JULY

Bedding Plants, Flowers Available at Farmers’ Markets for Mother's Day, Memorial Day

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that three farmers' markets located in state parks are now open on a weekly basis. 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

WESTERLY TO APPLY MOSQUITO LARVICIDE TO SWAMP AREAS ON FRIDAY, MAY 8 IN YEARLY ROUTINEWESTERLY TO APPLY MOSQUITO LARVICIDE TO SWAMP AREAS ON FRIDAY, MAY 8 IN YEARLY ROUTINE

PROVIDENCE - The Town of Westerly, as it has done on a routine basis each year since 1997, will apply granules of mosquito larvicide by helicopter to 500 acres of swamp to control mosquito breeding. The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive. The town is notifying adjacent landowners of its intent, as well as the general public, to apply the larvicide on Friday, May 8, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The larvicide may also be applied on future dates after notification by the town. Monday, May 11 has been designated as the rain date. Read More

GOVERNOR RAIMONDO, DEM DIRECTOR COIT, ALPC AND PARTNERS CELEBRATE PRESERVATION OF LIAL ACRES, 100TH FARM IN RHODE ISLAND PROTECTED BY ALPC FROM DEVELOPMENT

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina Raimondo today joined Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, members of the RI Agricultural Land Preservation Commission (ALPC) and others at an event in Warren to celebrate the preservation of Lial Acres. The 40.5 acre farm, which is located on Serpentine Road in Warren, is the 100th Rhode Island farm to be permanently protected by ALPC for agricultural use. The event showcased Lial Acres and the other protected farms in Rhode Island and was held at the Hope & Main culinary business incubator on Main Street. Read More

DEM'S DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TV SERIES ABOUT FARMING IN RHODE ISLAND TO AIR ON RI PBS STARTING MARCH 22

Project was Funded by a DEM Farm Viability Grant

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that "Harvesting Rhode Island", a five-part pilot television series promoting Rhode Island-grown specialty crops, will air on RI PBS beginning this Sunday, March 22. Funding for the project was provided through a $35,000 farm viability grant from DEM to Alex Caserta, executive producer of the series. Caserta developed the series in cooperation with RI PBS and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association to promote Rhode Island specialty crop growers and educate consumers about locally-grown specialty crops. Read More

DEM ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FARM VIABILITY GRANT FUNDS TO ENHANCE AND PROMOTE RHODE ISLAND SPECIALTY CROPS

Grant Applications must be submitted to DEM's Division of Agriculture by March 31

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that $150,000 in farm viability grant funding is available for projects that 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, honey, hops and turf grass production. Read More

DEM ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND SEAFOOD ACT GRANTS TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grants program. The grants will assist small or beginning farmers market and promote the sale of Rhode Island grown agricultural products and local seafood. Non-profit entities, along with small or beginning farmers are eligible to apply for the grants. The grants program is aimed at increasing the economic competitiveness of Rhode Island-grown agricultural products and local seafood. Read More

DEM ANNOUNCES AWARD OF $255,543 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 $255,543 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

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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