Posts Tagged ‘ farm ’

Let’s bring back urban agriculture

Jan 16th, 2011 | By

Connecticut’s new governor, Dannel Malloy, has talked about strengthening the state’s agricultural economy. Why not think bigger and connect agriculture with smart growth, The Hartford Courant asks?

If the economics of tight-knit walkable communities outperform suburban counterparts by more than 200 percent, as studies by the firm Public Interest Projects in North Carolina and Florida (Miami pictured above) have recently shown, then smart growth should be a goal.

State Preserving Sharon Farm and Others

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that the state is investing nearly $9 million to buy the development rights of 10 working farms.

Farm Energy Program workshops begin today in Vernon

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

Join the CT Farm Energy Program for a series of 5 free workshops in January 2011 about technical assistance and financial incentives that are available to AG producers as it relates to energy.

Conn. State Grange, started by farmers, celebrates 125 years

Dec 5th, 2010 | By

Farmland may be dwindling in Connecticut, but the state Grange — a fraternal organization originally started for farmers — is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, with an eye toward expansion.

Grants From The State’s Preservation Program Keep Farmers Going And Growing

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By

Since 1978, when Connecticut began its Farmland Preservation Program, the state has purchased the development rights on 280 farms, which means that farmers can continue to farm the land or sell it someday, but never for development.

Study Confirms Agriculture’s Importance to Connecticut Economy

Sep 30th, 2010 | By

A study of agriculture in Connecticut found that the industry provides $3.5 billion a year in sales — an output that translates to $1,000 per Connecticut resident. The industry also generates 20,000 jobs statewide, two-thirds of which are from farming alone.

Additionally, the industry contributes about $1.7 billion in ‘value added,’ which is the difference between the value of output and the cost of raw materials — the money left in the hands of residents and business taxes, both of which stay in Connecticut.

CFB seminars to address PA 490 beginning Oct. 12

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

The CFB is holding a series of free seminars statewide to help explain PA 490 and to distribute the Bureau’s latest PA 490 guide to landowners, government officials and anyone interested in how the law is applied.

Roxbury’s history told in old barns

Sep 27th, 2010 | By

The book “Barn Stories” makes its official debut at a publishing party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury at an event that will also display paintings and photographs of Roxbury barns by local artists.

AFT Releases State-Level Agricultural Easement Stats

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

States’ efforts to protect agricultural land through purchase of agricultural conservation easement programs accelerated in 2009 despite funding shortfalls. For example, agricultural land values declined 4.2 percent in Connecticut.

In New York, the Governor and Legislature passed a reduced budget for 2010-2011 that will have severe impacts on state farmland protection efforts.