FSA Youth Loans!

Our May 21 workshop on FSA Youth Loans was very successful!  FSA Youth loans provide up to $5,000 to help youth between the ages of 10 and 20 finance small ag-related and income producing projects.  If you missed the workshop, but would be interested in one of the follow-up workshops, please email rifarm@rifb.org or call the office at 401-385-3339 to get on the list.    Check out our page for more information on Youth Loans.

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 RIFB Raffle Plans!

2019 RIFB Raffle Prizes- Seeking RIFB Member Farm’s Gift Certificates

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.  RIFB will be purchasing the gift certificates for this raffle from our member farms, so please let us know if you offer gift certificates at your business and would like us to consider including your farm in our 2019 RIFB Farm Product Raffle.  For more details, click the link above or contact the office at 401-385-3339.

Teacher Resources

Are you a teacher?  Are you interested in adding Agricultural Literacy to your lessons?  There are many ways that you can integrate an agricultural connection into many of your lessons.  Visit the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum  Matrix.  There you will find an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.

Here is an example of what the Matrix offers:

Food Science Bread Dough Challenge

The Bread Dough Challenge is designed for 9-12 Grade.  Students explore the phenomenon of what makes bread dough rise. Using baker’s yeast, students will observe alcoholic fermentation and its connection to cellular respiration as they are challenged to act as food scientists and develop the best recipe for quick-rising bread dough.

What IS Ag Literacy?

Ag literacy is the understanding of the the relationship between agriculture and the environment, food, fiber and energy, animals, lifestyle, the economy and technology.

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Ag Literacy has an incredible amount of resources for teachers as well.

Free Resources & Lesson Plans

More information can be found at https://www.agfoundation.org/