Rhode Island's DEM Scores a Big Hit with Agricultural Day 2014

If you haven't been, what are you waiting for? Agricultural Day in Rhode Island is a festive and fun event that shines the spotlight on the creative people that make up the Agricultural and Aquacultural industry in the Ocean State. From local wines, dairy farmers, and oyster farmers there is something for everyone's palette to taste and enjoy when it comes from locally produced products.

What ReNewable Now found particularly enjoyable were the predictions that we heard from those in attendance, there is no question that the state's agricultural industry is strong and vibrant . Ron Newman, DEM's Agricultural Marketin Specialist, said: "People don't want their food shipped from across the USA and coming to Rhode Island, they want it grown here..." During the course of the event we wanted to get a sense of the diversity of those attending, so Jim Murphy, the Sustainability Coordinator for Rhode Island College made his way through the crowd and to hear some of the comments. We caught up with Genie Trevor, Edible Rhody Editor who gave us her perspective of what they are seeing in the Ocean State. From there we heard from Pat Hogan from SODCO's Blazin Corn who is growing their business with renewable energy corn. From the University of Rhode Island we discovered the 2014 Farm Scavenger Hunt as we spoke with Heather Faubert who was representing the Universities' cooperative extension, and the RI Fruit Growers Association. And rounding things off we caught up with Dr. Robert B. Rheault from the Ocean State Aquaculture Association was not only sharing some fantastic oysters with those attending, but also shared with us the fantastic growth of this environmentally, and sustainable business in the Ocean State that is creating many great jobs. So check out the coverage of the event, and if you couldn't make it this year, make plans early to attend next year.

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