From RI Department of Environmental Management:
DEM Director to Release RI Agriculture Economic Impact Study
PROVIDENCE - To recognize the importance of the state's $100+ million agriculture industry, the Department of Environmental Management will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House on Thursday, April 26.
This year’s RI Agriculture Day program will feature a rollout of the Agricultural Economic Impact Study conducted by URI in partnership with DEM, the RI Nursery and Landscape Association, RI Turf Grass Foundation, RI Agricultural Partnership and EDC. As part of the Rhode Island Agriculture Day festivities, approximately 50 exhibitors will host displays and offer local food samples in the State House Rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Agricultural Economic Impact Study to be released on Agricultural Day is a very recent assessment of the economic impact of local agriculture as well as what are commonly termed “green” industries (golf courses, landscaping, retail garden centers etc.). The study has revealed a very significant and wide-spread economic impact, to which Tom Sproul of URI will speak.
The Agriculture Day speaking program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Governor's State Room, and the exhibits will be on display through much of the day in the State House Rotunda. Along with DEM Director Coit, participants in the program include Tom Sproul, URI Agricultural Economist, Senator Susan Sosnowski, Representative Deborah Ruggiero, and Sarah Partyka and her father John of The Farmer’s Daughter and South County Farms, Inc. South Kingstown.
RI Agriculture Day is coordinated by DEM’s Division of Agriculture.