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Lead your FSA – Educating Rhode Island’s Ag Community

By Leila Naylor, Rhode Island Farm Service Agency Finding Satisfaction in Farming Vincent J. Confreda began his farming career at the age of nine. Farming since 1922, Confreda Farms is one of the oldest and largest commercial vegetable farms in … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Connect for Success

By: Leila Naylor, Rhode Island FSA Administrative Specialist Started a few years ago, the Rhode Island Women in Agriculture conference was a great way to bring together women farmers from across the state to talk tips and tricks of the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in France Inspire Rhode Island Farmer

By Leila Naylor, Rhode Island FSA Administrative Specialist Christina Dedora, owner of Blue Skys Farm, grew up in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and moved to France in 1993. During her time there, she worked on a farm, learning about organic agriculture … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Oyster Farmer Grows with Local Market

By Cassie Bable, Public Affairs Specialist, FSA Office of External Affairs Beginning farmer Jules Opton-Himmel left his New York desk job to start his oyster operation, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters. The business venture started seven years ago and today, Opton-Himmel’s oysters … Continue reading

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Clean Energy, Ag Education Tops Rhode Island Job Forum Discussion

  Clean energy production and improving agriculture through education were several solutions Rhode Island residents said could help improve job growth in the state during a jobs forum held last month.  

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Family Dairy Shows Resiliency in Uncertain Times

By: Leila Naylor, FSA, Rhode Island Meet the multi-generational family owners of Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery, one of the oldest dairy operations in Northern Rhode Island. They focus on cow comfort, value-added products, and accommodating the needs of their … Continue reading

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Keeping the Momentum

By Leila Naylor, FSA Ian and Stesha Campbell are siblings and owners of Mooresfield Oyster Farm located in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Ian starts off every morning commercial fishing, followed by an afternoon of helping his sister tend to their oyster … Continue reading

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Oyster Farmer Raises the Bar

By Leila Naylor, Rhode Island Farm Service Agency Perry Raso is the owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, where he serves oysters and vegetables fresh from his farm. This farm-to-table restaurant shucks thousands of oysters year-round … Continue reading

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We’re Counting on You – Vote in Your FSA County Committee Election!

By Dana Rogge, Farm Service Agency Let us fill you in on a little secret. We love our customers! We value local input from farmers, ranchers, and foresters, like you. One way we facilitate the connection between the producers we … Continue reading

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FSA County Committee Nomination Period Opens June 15

The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees opens on June 15. Each county office is looking for producers to serve on the local county committee. County committee elections are held annually in every county when FSA … Continue reading

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