JOHNSTON — Bad news for chickens. Good news for chicken farmers and locavores. Last week, Rhode Island's only U.S. Department of Agriculture-regulated slaughterhouse for poultry opened for business. Read More
4/9/2014 - This week on Executive Suite: Kenneth Ayars, chief of the R.I. Division of Agriculture, discusses the growing number of farms in Rhode Island; David Dadekian previews the upcoming Eat Drink RI Festival.
"Buy locally" makes a good bumper sticker, but it doesn't necessarily equate with economists' views on what causes income to increase within a region. But a new study finds some evidence that in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, buying directly from farms may boost local income. Read More
Current health regulations prevent Rhode Islanders from using unlicensed kitchens to prepare and sell food for public consumption, but could a law like the one recently passed in California create jobs in Rhode Island? Read More
Small farms and farming are on the rise in Rhode Island and across New England, while the practice is down across the country, according to a new federal report. The recently released five-year Census of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows Rhode Island adding 24 farms between 2007 and 2012, an increase of 2 percent. New England had an increase of 5 percent. Across the country, the number of farms are down 4 percent since the last census. Read More
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees. Read More
PROVIDENCE — The number of farms in Rhode Island grew by 2 percent to 1,243 from 2007 to 2012 as the state also gained more farmland, according to preliminary findings released Thursday from a U.S. Department of Agriculture census that collected state-by-state data.
Combined with a dramatic increase in the previous five-year period, the number of farms in Rhode Island grew by almost half in just a decade. And it came in a period in which the number of farms nationally fell, according to the Census of Agriculture. Read More
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists. Read More
JOHNSTON -- His few dozen chickens cluck and his three pigs squeal as Charles Currie walks by their pens and across his snow- and ice-encrusted vegetable fields. He wishes it wasn't one of the last times.
With his blue jeans, knit hat, bushy beard and hands so dirty he politely declines to shake, Currie, 31, looks every bit the traditional farmer. But he doesn't come from a farming family and only went into agriculture after graduating from the University of Massachusetts and being told that he'd make a good political lobbyist -- a notion that makes him chuckle aloud. Read More
Local pride, curiosity, a sense of history, and a love of the visual image all combine to create Alex Caserta's striking documentaries. From quahogs to apples, Caserta has recorded Rhode Island's food producers talking about their lives and work, and in April he'll start filming his new PBS series, Harvesting Rhode Island. Read More
WESTERLY - Buttercup is sassing her elders again. The small Jersey calf, the only one of her breed among the 65 Holsteins at Ocean Breeze Farm, is butting heads with the adult milking cows on the other side of the fence. She may not know it, but Buttercup is not yet big enough to be integrated into the milking herd, and she's better off where she is for now. Read More