The Rhode Island Agricultural Council (RIAC) was formed in 1924, originally as the RI Agricultural Conference (the name was changed in 1958), to discuss the needs of agriculture in Rhode Island.
From its beginnings to date, this statement continues to hold true in describing the solid commitment of the Rhode Island Agricultural Council to the agricultural community of Rhode Island.
With a recent election of new officers, the Rhode Island Agricultural Council has reaffirmed its commitment to the agricultural community as it moves forward with new farm viability initiatives in the twenty-first century.
More than ever, it is encouraged to see a spirited momentum developing within the Rhode Island Agricultural community and new growth within its membership.
The RIAC currently has 34 members, ranging from RINLA, to FFA, to state and local granges. It meets three times annually at various locations around the state. An executive committee of RIAC meets several times per year and provides direction for the council.
RIAC also appoints members to an Agricultural Advisory committee, which meets periodically with the DEM in an advisory capacity. An annual effort of the RIAC is considering and awarding grant requests. Each year, RIAC awards grants to member organizations for the promotion of agriculture in Rhode Island.
- Stimulate development of an interest in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and allied interests, and;
- Create an interest in rural life and the improvement of the rural community in Rhode Island;
- Effect a close relationship between representatives of agriculture with its allied interests and with commerce and industry;
- Develop and carry out a complete program for efficient production and economical distribution of farm products in Rhode Island, and;
- Coordinate all agencies interested in the welfare of agriculture in Rhode Island into one association from which unified efforts toward education, legislation and representation of agricultural interests of the state may emanate.