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CT Agriculture

Connecticut agriculture is diverse, and includes:
Fruits
Vegetables
Nurseries
Dairy
Greenhouses
Poultry
Mushrooms
Vineyards
Equine
Forestry
Maple Syrup
Aquaculture
Agri-Tourism
and More!

Photos

Wheat. Photo by Scott Harwood.

Economics

Millions of $$$ in farm revenues result in an impact of over $2 billion on the State economy. Agriculture provides thousands of jobs - over 13,000 in CT! A lot of money passes through the hands of agriculture, with the majority staying right here.

ISSUES IMPACTING FARMS - TAKE ACTION!

03/18/09: The CT Farm Bureau is working with other groups to hold a major agriculture rally & lobby day at the state capitol. The event will coincide with Ag Day on Wednesday, March 18th. There are a number of legislative proposals that would do great harm to farming and agriculture in our state: Elimination of the farmer sales and fuels tax exemptions and raiding funds for farmland preservation, ag viability grants and Connecticut Grown, to name a few. Speak Up for Agriculture! March 18th On the Capitol Steps 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or Watch it Disappear! See flyer for details.

03/05/09: The CT Dairy Industry is in Crisis and Needs Your Help - see ctmilk.org: "The current milk pricing structure set by the Federal Government has Connecticut farmers losing nearly $1 on every gallon they produce due to the high cost of feed, fuel and doing business in Connecticut. Federal rules have put farmers in the Northeast at a distinct disadvantage compared to large scale farms in the west and southwest. But with your help, our state legislature can enact new programs and laws that provide our farmers with a safety net to protect them when milk prices fall below the cost of production." More....

02/15/09: CT FARM BUREAU UPDATE - The legislature's Finance and Environment Committees conducted public hearings this past week on a variety of bills affecting farmers and CT agriculture. 

The Finance Committee heard testimony on HB 6350 AN ACT ELIMINATING EXEMPTIONS FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX AND LOWERING THE RATE OF SUCH TAX.  Among other things, this bill eliminates farmers' sales tax and fuel tax exemptions.  CT Farm Bureau President Don Tuller, Paul Miller (Fairvue Farm), Jared Morse (Morse Farm) and Charles Newman (Planters' Choice) all testified before the committee.  A number of CT Farm Bureau members provided written testimony that CFBA submitted on their behalf.  Many, many others have been emailing and calling legislators on this critical issue.  We have gotten their attention, but we have a very long way to go.  CFBA is working with a number of partners on ratcheting up the pressure on our elected officials.  We are planning an event and agricultural lobby day to coincide with Ag Day at the state capitol on Wednesday, March 18.  More information will follow.  In the meantime, keep up your communications with your state legislators and DO NOT FORGET TO CALL, EMAIL AND WRITE OUR GOVERNOR, M. JODI RELL.

State Capitol Office
Governor M. Jodi Rell
Executive Office of the Governor
State Capitol 
210 Capitol Avenue 
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
 
Telephone: 860-566-4840
Toll Free: 800-406-1527 TDD: 860-524-7397  
 E-Mail: Governor.Rell@ct.gov

The Environment Committee conducted public hearings on Monday and Friday dealing with a variety of topics including banning cages for egg laying hens (HB 5811) and increasing regulation of raw milk (HB 6312,  & HB 6313) and making it easier for farmers to produce acidified foods in farm kitchens (HB 5819), respectively.  Monday's hearing was long and those testifying endured a very long day.  CFBA President  Don Tuller and Executive Director Steve Reviczky testified before the Committee as did a number of other Farm Bureau members and representatives of poultry and raw milk producers.   Farmer and New London County FB member Anita Kopchinski testitied  on Friday in support of HB 5819, AN ACT ALLOWING THE PRODUCTION OF ACIDIFIED FOODS IN FARM KITCHENS), one of CFBA's 2009 legislative priorities.

UPCOMING EVENTS


WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15, 2008:  ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HEARING, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18.  SPECIAL DAIRY HEARING AT 9:00AM, PUBLIC HEARING AT 11:00AM, RM 1E, LOB, HTFD