agriculture

Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Winter Farmers' Markets Abound With Local Products

Summer may be gone, but locally grown food still abounds with eight winter farmers’ markets open throughout the state. A year-round local food system continues to grow in the Ocean State, as more and more farmers use greenhouses and other tools to extend the growing seasons.

Farmers’ markets these days sell an array of local offerings, not just produce, said Ken Ayars, the Department of Environmental Management’s agriculture chief.

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Environment
8:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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The Bottom Line
2:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Farmers Help Grow RI’s Economy

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

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.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Environment
7:20 am
Thu May 1, 2014

DEM To Announce Grant Winners At Agriculture Day

The Department of Environmental Management will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House today with a number of activities, including the announcement of the 17 grant recipients of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act. 

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RI News
4:12 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Maple Syrup Production up in RI

Credit Jason Deen / flickr.com

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. 

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.

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.

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Economy
8:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Farmers Markets popular in winter

The popularity of Farmers Markets in Rhode Island is growing and you can find them during the winter months, in addition to summer months.  Chief of the Division of Agriculture of the Department of Environmental Management, Ken Ayers says the markets move indoors during the cold weather.  
Ayers says Farmers Markets are important to local farms.

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