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Calibrating air-blast sprayers

NH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton described why and how to calibrate air blast sprayers. Hamilton spoke at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) headquarters in Warwick, RI. Hamilton said his Extension office received a calibrating tool thanks to the New England … Continue reading

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Growing & Harvesting Hops

Ocean State Hops brought hops farming back to Rhode Island. Brother-in-laws and co-owners, Joel Littlefield  and Matt Richardson liked brewing hoppy homebrews and started growing their own hops in 2007. Since 2010, their ever-expanding hop yard allowed the team to offer excess hops to home brewers. … Continue reading

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The Big E features livestock, fun & food!

For nearly 100 years, The Big E has showcased New England‘s livestock, produce and agriculture. Once again, the fair  hosted agricultural competitions and displays. Well over one million people visited New England’s Grandest Fair enjoying its 4-H and FFA demonstrations, … Continue reading

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Cow pie throwing contest at Eastern RI 4-H Fair

Glen Park in Portsmouth, RI hosted the Eastern RI 4-H Country Fair on the third weekend in July. Like so many 4-H Fairs, livestock and tractors were prominent. One fair contest featured livestock waste. Dried cow pies were used in … Continue reading

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Pricing farm products: an art or a science?

Setting farm product pricing is challenging for new and experienced growers. Correct pricing will affect sales, marketing strategies and ultimately, determine farm viability. At the 2013 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show in Sturbridge, MA, Michael Sciabarrasi and … Continue reading

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Meat and seafood producers advocate for sustainability

A diverse panel of producers, chefs, distributors and advocates spoke on sustainable protein at the ninth annual RI Food Forum organized by Farm Fresh RI and hosted by Brown University. Speakers included meat ranchers, seafood distributor and advocate, chef trainer, distributor. Each presenter shared their … Continue reading

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Award of Merit given to RI Division of Agriculture Chief

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, … Continue reading

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