Cut to pest control program leaves farms vulnerable this summer

Jun 27th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Joe DeFrancesco stands midfield surveying a swath of healthy, red-tasseled sweet corn he figures is a week from harvest …

A joint program between the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a function of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been helping DeFrancesco with pest management the past two summers. The program included regular visits from an Extension educator, equipment, detailed instruction and follow-up evaluation.

But this summer, which would have been his final one in the program, DeFrancesco and about three dozen other farmers around the state unexpectedly will be on their own

For more on this story, visit: Cut to pest control program leaves farms vulnerable this summer | The Connecticut Mirror.

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