Rhode Island

Welcome to the Rhode Island FSA Home Page

State Executive Director

W. Michael Sullivan, SED
Rhode Island State Farm Service Agency
60 Quaker Lane Suite 62
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 828-8232
Fax: (855) 924-2345

State Office Location

60 Quaker Lane, Suite 62
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: (401) 828-8232
Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm

State Office Staff
State Committee
  • Doreen Pezza - Chairperson
  • Judith Carvalho - Member
  • Ellen Puccetti - Member
  • Kevin Breene - Member
  • David Frerichs - Member

The Rhode Island State Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month subject to change.


County Office

County Office Location
60 Quaker Lane Suite 49
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone:

  • County Office: (401) 828-3120 Option 2
  • Farm Loan Office: (401) 828-3120 Option 3
  • Fax: 855-924-4567

Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

County Office Staff
Farm Loan Staff
County Committee
  • Vincent J Confreda - Chairperson
  • Victor Hoogendoorn - Vice Chairperson
  • Kim Coulter - Member
  • Joseph Silveira - Member
  • Joseph Polseno - Member

The County Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month subject to change.


County Committee Elections

County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,”  "They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers.

Every FSA office is served to by a county committee made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters who are elected by local producers. Nearly 7,800 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. County committee members impact the administration of FSA within a community by applying their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.

County committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the state committee, ensure underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs. They also assist with outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning farmers, ranchers and foresters, about FSA opportunities.

This year (2019), the following local administrative areas (LAA's) are up for County Committee Elections for Rhode Island;

LAA-5: Bristol County

LAA-2: Kent County

LAA-4: Newport County

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minority and women farmers may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A.

For more information visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the Rhode Island Farm Service Agency County Office at 401-828-3120 Option 2.


Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Sign up Deadlines for Rhode Island
  • March 15th Annual Crops
  • September 1st Value Loss Crops
  • November 20th Perennial Crops
  • December 1st Specialty Type Crops

Acreage Reporting Deadlines

  • July 15, 2019, Annual, Grass, Mixed Forage, Alfalfa, Fruit and Nut Trees and Perennial Crops and Perennial Forage (except Apples, Cranberries and Peaches)
  • September 30, 2019, Value Loss Crops such as Aquaculture, Floriculture, Turfgrass sod, Christmas Trees
  • January 2, 2020, Honey (beehive colonies) and Maple Sap
  • January 15, 2020, Apples Cranberries and Peaches

Other Programs including Farm Loans

Click here to obtain more information on other Farm Service Agency programs that are curently available including Farm Loans. For more information about the 2018 Farm Bill visit Farmers.gov.


Disaster Designations Eligible to recieve Emergency Loan Assistance
Counties AffectedDisasterApplication Deadline
Bristol, Newport and Providence Excessive Rainfall and Moisture that occured on or after July 17, 2018 November 20, 2019
Kent and WashingtonExcessive Rainfall that occured from Aug. 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018November 20, 2019

Spotlights

Purdue Unveils Farmers.gov, an interactive website for Agricultural producers

– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs. The website, launched at a breakfast hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau, gathers together the three agencies that comprise USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation mission area: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.


In the News


Emails and Text Messages

Receive timely notifications, newsletters, reminders and updates from FSA through GovDelivery emails and text messages.

Emails: Stay up-to-date on new programs, important program deadlines, program eligibility requirements, changes in federal farm program policy etc. Subscribe to receive email notifications from FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe or contact the Rhode Island County Office for subscription assistance. Subscribers can establish preferences by choosing to receive timely federal farm program information by topic and by state.

Text messages: Receive text message alerts from FSA while on the go. To enroll to receive text message alerts from Rhode Island text RIKent to 372-669.


Sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication Access

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process, producers doing business as an individual can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient  www.farmers.gov. USDA eAuthentication does not have the mechanism to issue login accounts to businesses, corporations, other entities, or for anyone acting on behalf of another individual or entity. Producers, doing business as an individual, first need to sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication access. 

  • Step 1: Create and online account at www.eauth.usda.gov
  • Step 2: Complete identity verification by either using the online self-service identity verification method or by completing the identity verification in-person at your USDA Service Center.
  • Step 3: Contact your local USDA Service Center to have your new Level 2 account linked with your USDA customer record
  • Step 4:  You’re enrolled and ready to log in

Users with a secure Level 2 eAuthentication ID, linked to their USDA customer record, can apply for select USDA programs, view and print farm maps and farm records data. Enrolling is easy! Visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more.

To locate a service center near you or use online services not requiring eAuthentication access, visit www.farmers.gov. For technical assistance, call the eAuthentication help desk at 1-800-457-3642.

 


USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

SCORE matches business professionals and entrepreneurs with new business owners to mentor them through the process of starting-up and maintaining a new business. USDA and its partners across rural America are working with SCORE to support new farming and ranching operations, and identify and recruit mentors with a wealth of agricultural experience.

“SCORE’s mission to help people start and grow vibrant small businesses is boosted by this new partnership with USDA. America’s farmers, ranchers and agri-businesses will benefit from the business knowledge and expertise SCORE can offer,” said Records. “The partnership allows both SCORE and USDA to serve more people while providing America’s farmers added support to lead to more sound business operations, create profitable farms with sustainable growth and create new jobs. We are excited at the opportunity to extend SCORE’s impact to our farmers and the agriculture industry.”

SCORE mentors will partner with USDA and a wide array of groups already hard at work serving new and beginning farmers and ranchers, such as the FFA, 4-H, cooperative extension and land grant universities, nonprofits, legal aid groups, banks, technical and farm advisors. These partnerships will expand and integrate outreach and technical assistance between current and retired farmers and agri-business experts and new farmers.

This joint initiative leverages SCORE’s 10,000 existing volunteer mentors and USDA’s expertise and presence in agricultural communities to bring no-cost business mentoring to rural and agricultural entrepreneurs. This initiative will also be another tool to empower the work of many community-based organizations, cooperative extension and land grant universities working with beginning farmers in their communities. SCORE mentorship will also be available to current farmers and ranchers. Anyone interested in being a mentor can get more information and sign up on the USDA New Farmers’ website at https://newfarmers.usda.gov/mentorship.


Other News

Opportunity to Request a Referendum: Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that soybean producers may request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act. Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary, and producers should only participate if they wish to request a referendum on the program.

The results of the Request for Referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register. If at least 10 percent of eligible producers, as determined by USDA, participate in the Request for Referendum, a referendum will be held within one year from that determination.

Interested soybean producers may request a referendum during a four-week period beginning on May 6 and ending May 31, 2019. Form LS-51-1, Soybean Promotion and Research Order Request for Referendum, may be downloaded online, or obtained by mail, fax, or in person from Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices during this time.

Completed forms and supporting documentation must be returned to the appropriate county FSA office by fax or in person no later than close of business May 31, 2019, or if returned by mail, must be postmarked by midnight May 31, 2019, and received in the county FSA office by close of business on June 6, 2019.

For detailed information, including eligibility, read the full AMS announcement. To find your local office, visit www.farmers.gov.


USDA Historic Aerial Photography Available!

For more than half a century, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has acquired high quality aerial photographs to support federal farm programs. Over the years, the USDA has photographed the vast majority of the nation and its territories at approximately seven-year intervals.

The USDA’s Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) is home to one of the country’s largest aerial film libraries. We currently house more than 70,000 rolls of film. Our imagery dates from 1955 to the present, and is available at several different scales and in stereo. The APFO has a photographic wet lab, which allows us to print photos on site.

USDA historic photography can play a vital role in environmental assessments, change detection, past land use and property boundary disputes. Our photographs are frequently ordered by attorneys, universities, local governments and individuals.

USDA imagery is available to the general public at minimal cost. We can provide black and white, color infrared, or natural color prints depending on the original film type. Enlargements up to 38”x38” are available. We can also provide tiff scans which can be viewed on any computer. We are able to certify photos for use in court.

You can order this aerial imagery by contacting the APFO by phone, fax, mail or email. Please be prepared to provide an accurate description of the area you wish to be included in your photo; this can be a legal description, latitude and longitude, or a local map. All products are made to order and completion time may vary depending on existing workload. Please include your name, address and phone number with your inquiry.

Customer Service Section
Telephone: 801-844-2922
Fax: 801-956-3653
Email: apfo.sales@slc.usda.gov

USDA Farm Service Agency
Aerial Photography Field Office
2222 West 2300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-2020

More information about our products and services is available on our website: www.apfo.usda.gov