Preserving Local Farms, Protecting Open Spaces, and Growing the Rhode Island Food Economy
Senator Reed works hard to support family farmers and keep Rhode Island’s sustainable agriculture and food sectors growing. He has led efforts to help preserve the state’s farmland and open spaces for future generations.
Today, there are 1,200 farms in Rhode Island, and according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island’s agriculture and plant-based industries support over 23,000 jobs and contribute nearly $3.5 billion to the economy each year.
Recognizing that a robust agricultural sector is vital to public, environmental, and economic health, Senator Reed helped pass the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (also known as the 'Farm Bill') to support small farms, farmers’ markets, local food production, and conservation efforts across Rhode Island.