- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

EXETER, R.I. (AP) - A dairy farm in Exeter is being honored as Rhode Island’s best.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says EMMA Acres was named the 2016 Outstanding Dairy Farm by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee.

DEM Chief of Agriculture Ken Ayars says EMMA Acres is one of Rhode Island’s finest dairy farms. He says the award raises awareness of the value of dairy farming.

Rhode Island is one of the few states where the number of farms is increasing.

DEM says EMMA Acres was honored because of the owners’ commitment to farming best practices, community ties and involvement in dairy farming advocacy and growth.

Owners Cynthia and Scooter LaPrise purchased the Exeter property in 1990 and named it after their children, Elizabeth, Matthew, Maggie and Alexandra.

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