Award of Merit given to RI Division of Agriculture Chief

“Award of Merit” recipient, Ken Ayars, Chief of the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture, & Jean Cotta (right), co-owner of Portsmouth Nursery, at the 2013 RI Nursery & Landscape Association Winter Meeting.

“Award of Merit” recipient, Ken Ayars, Chief of the RI DEM’s Division of Agriculture, and Jean Cotta, co-owner of Portsmouth Nursery.

The “Award of Merit” was presented to Ken Ayars, Chief of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM)’s Division of Agriculture  by the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association (RINLA). Jean Cotta, co-owner of Portsmouth Nursery in Portsmouth, RI, presented the “Award of Merit” to Chief Ayars at the 2013 RINLA Winter Conference held at URI.

A Rhode Island resident since 1972, Ayars has graduated from the University of Rhode Island earning BS in Zoology and Plant Sciences. In 1985, he earned a Master’s degree in Plant Sciences with a focus on Agronomy. Since 1987, Ayars has worked at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) in the Division of Agriculture. He has worked on a variety of programs including animal health, pesticides, land protection and farm ecology. [Learn more here]



About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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