Farmland Tenure Online Resources Guide
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Rhode Island

Financing

Financial Assistance in Rhode Island
Created By: United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
Description: This page contains information regarding Rhode Island’s Farm Loan Programs, as well as Conservation Programs and Disaster Assistance Programs.

Land Acquisition

Leasing Land for Farming in Rhode Island
Created By: Rhode Island Land Trust Council
Description: This resource allows users to download a Handbook for Land Trusts, Municipalities & Institutions on Leasing Land for Farming and a Handbook for Individual Property Owners on Leasing Land for Farming. Users can also watch videos about farmland succession, estate planning and land tenure strategies.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture: Farm Preservation
Created By: the State of Rhode Island
Description: This page provides information about the State’s Farmland Preservation Program, which allows the State to purchase development rights from farmers. Under this program, farmers are permitted to retain ownership of their property while protecting the lands for agricultural use. Users can download the application form and access the program’s FAQ list for further information.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture: Opportunities for Farmland
Created By: the State of Rhode Island
Description: This page lists opportunities for new farmers to lease or purchase farmland as it becomes available throughout the State.

State Statutes

Rhode Island State Statutes
Created By: the Rhode Island State Legislature
Description: This site contains all of Rhode Island’s statutes. Title II deals with agriculture and forestry, while Title IV deals with animals and animal husbandry. If farmers are starting a new business, Title VII will also be helpful, as it sets forth the law on corporations, associations and partnerships.
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