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


  • 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
  • Donald Baffoni Jr. - Member

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

County Committee Elections

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster assistance, conservation, commodity, and price support programs as well as other important farm program issues.

County committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers in the community.

County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. FSA’s been across the country interviewing current committee members to spotlight their involvement in their county. Read what they have to say and check back each week.

The 2018 elections for Rhode Island Farm Service Agency County Committee to represent LAA-1, Providence County is underway.

 The nominees for Providence County Committee Elections are;

  • Joe Polseno-is a third generation apple grower who operates Pippin Apple Orchard in Cranston, RI  The farm was originally a lease by Joe’s parents, Raymond and Rita Polseno, in the 1960’s until Joe’s family purchased it in 1970. After growing up on the farm and working under the care and supervision of his father, Joe was ready to take over the duties of the orchard in 2011.   
  • Donald Baffoni Jr.-is a third generation Poultry Farmer.  More than 40 years of experience farming.  Graduated from Roger Williams University with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering.  Worked for Raytheon electronic systems division for 12 years and Hewlett Packard for 18 years. Currently works full time at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm managing operations and new projects.

Important Election Dates

Due to a problem with transmittal of ballot information, a makeup election in Providence County will be held.  The new dates are as follows;

January 4, 2019- Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters.

February 1, 2019 -Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center

March 1, 2019-Newly elected county committee members take office

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

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2014 Farm Bill

Other Programs including Farm Loans

Click here to obtain more information on other Farm Service Agency programs that are available including Farm Loans.


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

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