RG 013/RG 013.01. State Board of Agriculture/State Department of Agriculture, 1886-1927/1927-1935
Record Group Term
Identifier: RG 013/RG 013.01
During the second half of the 19th century, three commissions were created in the Rhode Island government that later came together to form the predecessor of the DEM. The Commission of Shellfisheries, established in 1842, the Commission of Inland Fisheries, established in 1870, and the Commissioners of the Birds, established in 1899, came together in 1935 to be a part of the Department of Agriculture and Conservation. Together, these three commissions formed the division of Fish and Game within the Department of Agriculture and Conservation, along with the divisions of Animal Industry and Milk Control, Entomology and Plant Industry, and Parks and Parkways. Also folded into this new department was the State Department of Agriculture, which had begun as the State Board of Agriculture in 1885 and later became a Department in 1927. The Department of Agriculture and Conservation remained until 1965, when it became the Department of Natural Resources, as part of the Executive Department of government. The Department of Natural Resources’ original divisions were the divisions of Parks and Recreation, Conservation, Agriculture, Harbors and Rivers, Planning and Development, and Enforcement. The Department also included an advisory council to make recommendations regarding environmental policy in the state.
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Item — Folder 8. Annual Report of the State Board of Agriculture made to the General Assembly at its January Session, 1888, 1903 (1636-1186)
Series — Box Board of Purification of Waters annual reports, 1928-1932, 1934 (2011-20)
Item — Folder 17 Plan for State Forest Acquisition by the State Commissioner of Agriculture 1933
Series — Multiple Containers
Scope and Contents The first report consisted of descriptions of lectures and discussions on agricultural topics that had taken place under the auspices of the board during 1885 and 1886. Subsequent reports included sections discussing specific topics related to agriculture, including entomology, horticulture, dairy farming, market gardening, aviary management, and veterinary care.
Dates: 1885-1922, 1928-1934, 1935, 1961, 1967-1968
Series — Volume State Board of Agriculture letterpress books, 1885-1889
Series — Box State Board of Agriculture meeting minutes, 1885-1926