Posts Tagged ‘ farm ’

Manchester Directors Back Farm Preservation Grant

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

The head of the local land trust, arguing for preserving a 62-acre farm at a board of directors’ meeting Wednesday, cited a report saying development in Manchester outpaced any other community in the state from 1985 to 2006.

Agricultural assistance programs available to farmers

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

Bryan Hurlburt, a former state representative and now executive director of USDA Farm Service Agency, recently addressed many of his former constituents in an informative discussion about resources for farmers. The former representative from the 53rd District has taken his agricultural expertise to the federal level. For more on this story, visit: Agricultural assistance programs

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Why Connecticut needs a farm bill now

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

By Bryan Hurlburt This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day, by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation. The Farm Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong

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Farm bill’s defeat — A lost opportunity for food security and farms

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

One amendment would have reduced annual funding for the federal food stamp program — known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — by $2 billion a year, and removed up to 2 million unemployed, low-wage and poor people who use their SNAP/EBT card to buy food and eligible non-food items. Another amendment would have allowed states to require food stamp applicants to submit to drug testing as part of the SNAP application process.

Gov. Malloy announces plant grant application review

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development, has been diligently reviewing requests for the recently announced PLANT (Production Loss Assistance Needed Today) Grants since the July 15, 2013 application deadline.

Local goods hit Greenwich market

May 30th, 2013 | By

The Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market will open for the 2013 season on Wednesday, May 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 38 West End Avenue, Old Greenwich. For more on this story, visit: Local goods hit market | Greenwich Post.

Farm Bill ‘Reform’ Is in the Eye of the Beholder

May 29th, 2013 | By

Earlier this month, the House and Senate agriculture committees passed their respective versions of the legislation they hope will govern U.S. agricultural policy for the next five years. Although both chambers have attempted to promote their bills as a cheaper, more sensible policy than what would occur if the current programs were simply extended, neither

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Foothills Media Group Editorial: Farmers aren’t nuisances

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

This week, Torrington became the latest municipality in Connecticut to approve a right-to-farm ordinance that shields legitimate farmers—those operating on at least three acres of land—from lawsuits.

Couple chasing farm dream | subscription

Jan 19th, 2013 | By

Research, hard work part of effort to find land For John and Kate Suscovich, the eggs — and other organic edibles — came way before any chickens. In fact, the 20-something urbanites-turned-aspiring farmers’ future chickens are not yet even eggs. But for the married couple, a vision of raising birds and plants has already hatched.

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Reasons to Buy Organic: Let Us Count the Ways. Scientist refutes Stanford analysis | The Equation

Sep 14th, 2012 | By

As a scientist, scientist Margaret Mellon was pleased to see a major meta-analysis (a study of studies) on the nutritional and safety aspects of organic food, but she found the interpretation by the authors of the study and news media disconcerting—and surprising. The Stanford analysis confirmed that in comparison with conventional food, organic food has

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The Renaissance of the Connecticut Farm

Sep 10th, 2012 | By

After years of decline, Connecticut farms are on the rise, and they’re smaller, more diverse, and more self-sufficient than ever before. It seemed for a long while that Connecticut farms were going out with the 20th century as more and more farms were being plowed under to make way for new suburban housing and commercial

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Big Risks for Uninsured Farmers

May 23rd, 2012 | By

The farm bill, that cyclical flashpoint, is up for reauthorization in Congress this year, and reforms are needed to help small and organic farms obtain crop insurance, the Union of Concerned Scientists argues in a new report. Crop insurance policies, which are regulated and subsidized by the Department of Agriculture, provide coverage almost exclusively on

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A letter to CT NOFA folks from a farmer

Mar 18th, 2012 | By

Dear CT NOFA folks: I’m writing as a CT resident, though our NOFA membership is in NY, where our family farm is. Sorry to be focusing on this issue late, after the public hearing; just finished a major project at work. It is [sic] too late to make a difference with an op ed for

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Sullivan family proud to preserve farm

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By

A dean of New Milford’s farmers and his wife, Beth, 88, to whom he has been married 65 years, still live in the home they built in 1953 alongside the original farm homestead that dates back to the 1840s.Nanci G. Hutson of the Danbury News-Times reports.

Applications being accepted for Conservation Stewardship Program

Dec 28th, 2011 | By

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which assists landowners in improving soil and water quality, wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Applications being accepted for Conservation Stewardship Program | News

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Conn. officials seek input on outdoor plan

Jul 26th, 2011 | By

Connecticut environmental officials are seeking public input on an outdoor recreation plan that will help determine priorities for investment. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is planning four public meetings in August at state parks, wildlife areas and on the University of Connecticut campus.

Q&A with Steven Reviczky: Chief has eyes on boosting farms

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

“There needs to be a lot better effort to educate local regulatory officials, and in some cases, state regulatory officials, on the importance of farming and agriculture, and that there are certain inherent smells, odors and activities associated with farming that local regulations ought to take into consideration.”

Regional Farm-to-School grant announced

Feb 19th, 2011 | By

The National Farm-to-School Network has been awarded a $250,000 USDA Cooperative Agreement Contract to expand and coordinate farm-to-institution work throughout the six-state region.

Easton farmer says controversial cell tower would save the farm

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

The owner of a farm in Easton says in order to stay in business he needs the revenue a cell tower would bring.

The farmers behind the stands

Jan 27th, 2011 | By

The trees are bare, and many of the tables are emptier than usual. The market, full of energy in the spring, summer and fall, is subdued.