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RI Sales Tax Exemption on Seeds and Plants

Late this spring we had several calls  regarding the Sales Tax Exemption on Seeds and Plants.  We are happy to say that after considerable work trying to get seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients exempted from the state sales tax, the following changes were passed in last year’s state budget. State Budget link here. Page 178, lines 11-14.

Here is the much abbreviated, relevant text.
 
TITLE 44
Taxation
CHAPTER 44-18
Sales and Use Taxes – Liability and Computation
SECTION 44-18-30
 
§ 44-18-30. Gross receipts exempt from sales and use taxes
 
There are exempted from the taxes imposed by this chapter the following gross receipts:
 
(65) Seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients. From the sale, storage, use, or other consumption in this state of seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients as defined in § 44-18-7.1(l)(i). “Seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients” shall not include marijuana seeds or plants.
 
44-18-7.1(l)(i).   “Food and food ingredients” means substances, whether in liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated form, that are sold for ingestion or chewing by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value and seeds and plants used to grow food and food ingredients. “Food and food ingredients” does not include “alcoholic beverages”, “tobacco”, “candy”, “dietary supplements”, “soft drinks”, or “marijuana seeds or plants.”

Harvesting RI Season Three!

Starting in July, four more RI Farm Bureau member farms will be featured in two new episodes of Harvesting RI. In Episode 1, Executive Producer Alex Caserta takes us to Wright’s Dairy Farm in North Smithfield and EMMA Acres in Exeter to explore two different methods farmers are utilizing to market their milk in Rhode Island.

Episode 2 brings us to Blackbird Farm in Smithfield where the Bouthillette family raises Purebred Angus and Berskshire hogs, and then drops us down to North Kingstown where the Greniers operate Narrow Lane Orchards.

Episodes 1 and 2 will be run back to back at the following times. Set your DVR or mark it on the calendar. Harvesting RI is a wonderful way to catch some beautiful stories about farming in RI today.

WSBE 36.1

7/20 8 pm
7/21 1 am
7/21 Noon
7/21 11 pm
7/22 7 pm
7/24 4 am

LEARN 36.2

7/24 8 pm
7/25 3 am
7/26 12 am
7/28 2 pm

GOOD NEWS!

Farm Bureau is Awarded a SECOND Rural Development Grant!

Rhode Island Farm Bureau is thrilled to announce that it was been awarded a second, $11,600 Rural Development Grant from USDA. Farm Bureau partnered with Alex Caserta of Harvesting Rhode Island to produce 2 more half-hour videos which highlight specialty crops in Rhode Island. These productions will be aired on PBS beginning July 20, on the dates shown above.  Alex has produced many informative and eye catching videos on Rhode Island agriculture which continue to air on PBS. You can check out some of his other videos at:

Harvesting Rhode Island

THE PURPOSE OF THE RI FARM BUREAU

The Rhode Island Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being.

Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.

Statement from 1997 Policy Manual of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Support Rhode Island Farms by joining the Rhode Island Farm Bureau.

Your Membership in RIFB entitles you to …

  • A complete line of insurance services through the Farm Family Insurance Companies
    Discounts available on Automobile & Special Farm Packages
  • Discounts on Case IH, CAT, Grainger and John Deere
  • Discount on prescription lenses and frames through Coast to Coast Vision Plan
  • Discount at participating Clarion, Quality, Comfort, Sleep, Rodeway, or Econo Lodge hotels
  • Discount from major national car rental firms
  • Discount on propane gas through Suburban Propane

Click here to learn more about RIFB membership benefits.