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Fulfilling a Farming Dream

With its herd of Belted Galloway cattle often seen grazing in the shadow of the Newport Bridge, Windmist Farm in Jamestown, Rhode Island, has been protected as farmland forever and has implemented conservation practices to protect a sole source aquifer and nearby salt marsh.

USDA announces funding for floodplain easements in Johnston

NRCS, the town of Johnston and RIACD have signed an agreement for Emergency Watershed Protection Program funding to buy floodplain easements on properties affected by flooding on Belfield Drive.

Rhode Island USDA staff exceed food donation goal

Rhode Island USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service employees rallied to donate 675 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Food Bank as part of the annual Feds Feed Families food drive. The donation surpassed previous years’ efforts.

Bringing oysters back to Bissel Cove

The decline of natural oyster communities in Rhode Island waters isn’t just bad news for shellfish lovers. Oysters fill an ecological niche and filter the water, keeping it clean. NRCS is working with partners to restore oyster reefs in water bodies like Bissel Cove in North Kingstown.

Conservation showcased at 2018 Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit

USDA leaders joined tribal leaders at the 2018 Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Conn. The event highlighted indigenous food and included a conservation tour at Crandall Minacommuck Farm, the Narragansett tribal farm in nearby Westerly, RI.

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