2019 RIFB Annual Meeting

There is just one week left to register for our Annual Meeting!  Join us on November 21 for our 2019 RIFB Annual Meeting. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. At 10:30 Paul Molesky, AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Chair, speaks about Young Ag Professionals & the Future of Farming. Stay for Lunch & an Ice Cream Social, followed by a Chef Demonstration. After our Business Meeting, enjoy the Social Hour before Dinner.

For more information and to register (all events are free except for dinner!) click here or call the office at 401-385-3339.

RI DEM Produce Safety Portal

RIDEM  Produce Safety Portal

The Division of Agriculture aims to aid growers in navigating the Produce Safety Rule. Use the above link to go to the RI DEM Produce Safety Portal, or start at our FSMA Links page.

2019 Farm Products Raffle!

2019 RIFB Farm Products Raffle

For our 2019 Raffle to benefit our RIFB Scholarship program, we will offer 3 chances to win for each $5 ticket! Our three prizes will be $500, $300 and $200 in RIFB Member Farm’s Gift Certificates. To buy tickets, come visit our booth at  Foster Old Home Days July 26-28, ERI 4-H Fair August 3 & 4 or Washington County Fair August 14-18.  You can also stop by our office and purchase tickets.  For more details, click to visit the raffle page or contact the office at 401-385-3339.

FSA Youth Loans

 

 

What are they?

FSA Youth Loans (up to $5,000) help to finance small projects which are:

  • Limited in:
    • Physical Size
    • Capital Requirements
    • Overall Objectives
  • Income-producing
  • Agricultural-related
  • Educational Project

 

Who Can Apply?

10 to 20 year-olds that have, or are interested in starting, an agricultural project that would benefit from additional or start-up funding.  Projects might include:   Raising and Breeding Livestock,  Growing Fruits & Vegetables for Resale, Growing Flowers & Plants for Resale.  4-H and FFA members who may be working with projects or SAEs can use this as an opportunity to help ‘seed’ their project. 

What Can the Money Be Used For? 

Some examples of uses for loans are:

  • Buying animals, equipment and supplies
  • Buying, renting or repairing needed tools and equipment
  • Paying operating expenses for running the project

 

What This Can Do For the Applicants:

  • Learn how to prepare a business plan
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills
  • Establish financial and production records
  • Demonstrate ability to follow through on a project and repay the loan