365 years later, North Branford farm still going strong (video)

Jul 24th, 2011 | By

The Rose Farm, which Robert Rose established in North Branford in 1646, is still going strong — though he’d probably wonder where his outhouse went and assume the farm’s website was some kind of spider exhibit.

Eastern Connecticut farmers tell Courtney how Congress can help | The Bulletin

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney toured four agriculture-based businesses in Waterford, Preston, Pomfret and North Grosvenordale on Monday to gather information for the soon-to-start congressional hearings on the farm bill re-authorization.

Assembly session was nice harvest, farmers say

Jun 14th, 2011 | By

While the biggest group representing Connecticut’s industrial sector was down about the recently concluded General Assembly session, the agricultural sector took a decidely different view.

Futtner’s Family Farm Honored At State Capitol

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

Futtner’s Family Farm was recently featured as part of an exhibition at the state’s Legislative Office Building celebrating the successes of Connecticut’s Community Investment Act.

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.

Monroe man wants town to welcome farmers

Jan 15th, 2011 | By

A Monroe farmer is pushing the town to adopt a “right to farm” ordinance that would protect farmers from neighbors who might deem them a nuisance.

In Hard Times, States Still Spend To Protect Farms : NPR

Jan 11th, 2011 | By

“From a New England perspective, I would say Connecticut has been the most aggressive in the last couple of years in terms of the farmland perspective, which has been wonderful,” said Cris Coffin, New England director of the American Farmland Trust. The money spent represents a tiny fraction of Connecticut’s budget, which is $19 billion

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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.

Malloy names Steven Reviczky to lead Ag Dept.

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

The appointment of Steven Reviczky as state agriculture commissioner is good news for farmers and for those who believe in protecting Connecticut’s dwindling farmland from further development, The Day reports. Farm Bureau president “cannot think of a better person” for the new Governor’s staff.

Vote on Johnson Farm In Branford on Way Jan. 12

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Branford may begin the new year with a salute to its agricultural past on Jan. 12 if the RTM approves a proposal to preserve 34 acres of farmland on Queach Road.

Sign-up period for NRCS conservation programs announced

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

The Connecticut State Conservationist has announced the sign-up period for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, the Wetlands Reserve Program, and the Grassland Reserve Program.

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.

Robert Miller: Earth Matters For a small state, we sure grow a lot

Dec 5th, 2010 | By

The state’s agricultural sector generates $3.5 billion a year. That’s far more than anyone had reckoned.

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.

CT NOFA launching New Connecticut Farmer program

Nov 21st, 2010 | By

To help bring new farmers to the fields, CT NOFA is launching its New Connecticut Farmer program, supported in part by a USDA Beginning Farmer grant in collaboration with NOFA NY and other NOFA chapters. Read more about this initiative from Bill Deusing inside.

Food-safety bill worries some small farms

Nov 16th, 2010 | By

Some are trying to influence attempts by Congress to sharpen safety controls on the nation’s food supply so that small farms don’t suffer. CT NOFA, with 800 members, shares some of their concerns.

Editorial: Farmers’ markets help land, locals

Oct 27th, 2010 | By

On Saturday afternoons, passersby E.O. Smith High School will discover a convenient opportunity to support and enjoy locally-grown agriculture: the Storrs’ Farmers’ Market.

New State Law Will Help Grow Jobs on Connecticut Farms

Oct 19th, 2010 | By

Small poultry farmers in Connecticut who are looking to expand their business and grow jobs will now be able to do so thanks to a new law approved by the General Assembly, according to a news release from state Sen. Edith Prague.

Dairy Farmers Sound Alarm Bells

Oct 4th, 2010 | By

Even with the $14 million they’ve received under the Community Investment Act legislation passed in 2009, dairy farmers are still struggling to pay the bills.

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.