agriculture en The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Ken Ayars, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture. They talk about the state of local farming, the changing definition of farming and how farms contribute to the local economy.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:37:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 33617 at The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy DEM To Announce Grant Winners At Agriculture Day <p>The Department of Environmental Management will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House today with a number of activities, including the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="">announcement</a>&nbsp;of the 17 grant recipients of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:20:53 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32907 at Maple Syrup Production up in RI <p>Maple Syrup production in RI is in full swing says Pete Susi, Deputy Chief of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture.&nbsp;</p><p>With some tapping their trees as early as January, producers now face a fickle spring as good maple syrup flow requires below freezing nights and warm days.</p><p>Despite weather fluctuations production is already up two to three times from last year says says Gibby Fountain a producer, of Sugar Hill Sugarhouse, a farm in Richmond.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:12:50 +0000 John Bender 11325 at Maple Syrup Production up in RI Farmers Markets popular in winter <p>The popularity of Farmers Markets in Rhode Island is growing and you can find them during the winter months, in addition to summer months.&nbsp; Chief of the Division of Agriculture of the Department of Environmental Management, Ken Ayers says the markets move indoors during the cold weather. &nbsp;<br>Ayers says Farmers Markets are important to local farms.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Lydia Rogers 4422 at