Through agricultural promotion and market development programs, this unit carries out marketing initiatives and strategies designed to promote Rhode Island grown products and, thereby, increase the income of local farmers. Since the inception of these promotional programs, Rhode Island agricultural revenue has risen from $38 million in 1980 to $86 million in 2006. This increase has a still greater impact when considering multiplier effects throughout the economy.
Rhode Island's farms, forest and other open space provide many benefits to its citizens. Local farms ensure a readily available source of food close to metropolitan areas, while forestland and open space are key natural resources that provide recreational areas and contribute to the welfare and happiness of the state's inhabitants. Because of the economic pressures to convert these lands to development or another more profitable land use, Rhode Island's farms, forests and open spaces are rapidly disappearing.
The Farm, Forest and Open Space Act helps citizens conserve these lands for themselves and future generations. Click on a link below for more information.