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PROVIDENCE (AP) — The state has awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to help food and farming businesses start or expand operations in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says it awarded the grants to 12 local agriculture and food businesses, in partnership with the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

DEM Director Janet Coit said Friday that the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grant program continues to be an important catalyst for growing a range of food and agricultural businesses. Grants of up to $20,000 are awarded.

Chessawanock Island Oysters in Cranston got the largest award, nearly $17,000, for a project to reduce mortality and increase the desirability of their oysters.

Sweet and Salty Farm in Little Compton and Warren Cider Works Company in Warren each received $15,000 to increase production.

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