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 was recently featured as part of an exhibition at the state’s Legislative Office Building celebrating the successes of Connecticut’s Community Investment Act.
The owner of a farm in Easton says in order to stay in business he needs the revenue a cell tower would bring.
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.
“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
Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that the state is investing nearly $9 million to buy the development rights of 10 working farms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state’s agricultural sector generates $3.5 billion a year. That’s far more than anyone had reckoned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dairy farmers are lamenting a reduction in a state government aid program and are calling for changes in federal milk pricing.
Every day, fifth-graders at Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies, a magnet school in Danbury, push a barrel full of food scraps from the lunch room to a compost pile, where it rots into dirt for the school garden.