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Rhode Island State Office

State Executive Director

Eric Scherer

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State Office Address

60 Quaker Ln
Suite 62
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 828-3120 Option 3
(855) 924-2345

Welcome to the Rhode Island Farm Service Agency (FSA) Home Page

Rhode Island Farm Service Agency 

60 Quaker Lane

Warwick, RI 02886

State Office, Suite 62

Phone: 401-828-3120 Option 3

State Committee

  • David Frerichs, Chairperson
  • Al Bettencourt, Member
  • Maggie Laprise, Member
  • Albert Brandon, Member
  • Vanessa Garcia Polanco, Member

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

County Office, Suite 49

Phone: 401-828-3120 Option 1

County Committee

  • Joseph Polseno, Chairperson
  • John Sousa, Vice Chairperson
  • Erin Cabot, Member
  • Kim Coulter, Member
  • Gilbert Rathbun Jr.- Member

The County Committee meets the third Thursday of every month subject to change.

For information on the latest USDA Farm Programs and services, visit Farmers.gov.

Farm Loan Team, Suite 49

Phone: 401-828-3120 Option 2

District Director: Matthew Richter

Farm Loan Analyst: Patricia Sullivan

Farm Loan Specialist: Emma Schlam

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help. 

For more information about Farm Loan Programs click here.

RI Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

60 Quaker Lane

Warwick RI, 02886

Phone: 401-828-1300

A detail list of RI NRCS staff including their contact information can be accessed by visiting; https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ri/contact/  

Get GovDelivery – Receive Instant News, Updates

Producers, owners and others interested in keeping up to date with important FSA program deadlines and information are strongly encouraged to sign up for GovDelivery. This instant communication system allows newsletters, deadline reminders and bulletins to be sent right to your email address.  To subscribe to updates, click here.

Receive Text Messages

You can also subscribe to text alerts from the Rhode Island USDA Service Center by texting RIKent Keyword to 372-669. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any time.

Language Interpretation Available at USDA Service Centers

We offer free interpretation services for Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service assistance at your local USDA Service Center. Tell us your preferred language, and the USDA team member will call an interpreter to get the discussion started. Contact the RI USDA Service Center at 401-828-3120 Option 2. If you are not from Rhode Island, find your local Service Center at farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

For crop insurance, interpretation services are available through Approved Insurance Providers. Find an insurance agent by using our Agent Locator.

Find translated USDA materials at farmers.gov/translations.

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PROVIDENCE, RI --With the ceremonial planting of a new dogwood tree along the Woonasquatucket River, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Providence Mayor Brett Smiley celebrated a major boost for Providence’s ‘green infrastructure’ as a new infusion of federal funds begins flowing to Rhode Island to help urban areas expand their tree canopies, increase shade, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve air quality. Read more...

Disaster Assistance Programs At A Glance

Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Sign up Deadlines for Rhode Island

  • March 15th Annual Crops including spring or fall-seeded small grains
  • September 30th Value Loss Crops; Aquaculture, Oysters, Turf Grass, Christmas trees, Floriculture (except Chrysanthemums)Mushrooms, Ginseng
  • November 20th Perennial Crops, Grass, Mixed Forage, Alfalfa, Perennial Forage
  • December 31st Specialty Type Crops; Honey, Maple sap

Sign up Deadlines for Crop Insurance Under Risk Management Agency Programs.

  • March 15th Corn, Sweet Corn and Potatoes
  • November 20th, Apples, Cranberries, Grapes and Peaches

Please contact either RMA or FSA to learn more about your eligibility for these Crop Insurance Coverages. Program eligibility may vary depending on the county in which the crop is grown in.

Acreage Reporting Deadlines

  • May 31st Ornamental Nursery
  • July 15th, Annuals, Grass, Mixed Forage, Alfalfa, Fruit and Nut Trees and Perennial Crops and Perennial Forage (except Apples, Cranberries, Grapes and Peaches)
  • September 30th,  Value Loss Crops such as Aquaculture, Oysters, Floriculture, Turf grass sod, Christmas Trees, Floriculture (except Chrysanthemums) Mushrooms, Ginseng
  • January 2nd, Honey (beehive colonies)and Maple Sap
  • January 15th, Apples Cranberries, Grapes and Peaches

Farming Success Stories

Success Story

Visit the Farm Service Agency Fencepost Blog to view all stories.

To read success stories published for Rhode Island click here.

If you are interesting in submitting a success story, please contact the Rhode Island State Office at 401-828-3120 Option 3.

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.


Ask USDA is an online resource that helps you easily find information and answers to your USDA questions in one place. Ask USDA has information about all USDA programs, including USDA loans, farm and conservation programs.

Through Ask USDA you can:

  • Access our knowledge base 24/7
  • Ask questions through phone, email or online chat
  • Receive a timely response from USDA experts

USDA’s self-service assistance anytime, anywhere!