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Rhode Island environmental officials have planned another meeting about proposed rules that could allow the state to buy and protect farmland and sell it to interested farmers.

The public workshop will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography's Corless Auditorium in Narragansett.

Republican state lawmakers have expressed concerns about the proposed regulations. They called for the second workshop because the first one was held when many farmers were participating in the Washington County Fair.

The state Department of Environmental Management says the goal of the acquisition program is to preserve Rhode Island's historic farmlands. It says access to land is a challenge for aspiring farmers. About $3 million is available for farmland preservation through a 2014 bond measure.


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