|USDA/CT. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE GRANTS FUND WIDE RANGE OF PROJECTS TO IMPROVE PRODUCTION AND SALE OF SPECIALTY CROPS|
| ||Diane Jorsey hasnít yet seen any signs of root-rot in the fir trees at her Kensington farm, but that doesnít mean she and the stateís other Christmas tree growers arenít constantly on the lookout for the deadly disease known as Phytophthora.|
|AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER REVICZKY ELECTED TO NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLE, CITES PROGRESS ON FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR FARMLAND PRESERVATION|
| ||(HARTFORD, CT) - Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky has been elected by his peers to a leadership role in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), giving Connecticut a direct voice in national agricultural policy.|
|DOAG HELPING FARMERS MODERNIZE, STRENGTHEN OPERATIONS WITH TRANSITION GRANTS|
| ||Even when heís sleeping, Tim Young is tracking literally every move made by the 230 dairy cows at his Valley Side Farm in Woodstock.|
|FARM VIABILTY GRANTS AVAILABLE TO HELP MUNICIPALITIES, NON-PROFITS SUPPORT AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS|
| ||The boxes of just-picked tomatoes, broccoli, kale and giant cauliflower that Norwich school food service manager Khanh Eckholm loaded into her van Monday afternoon at LoPresti Farm wouldnít be there for very long.|
|FARMLAND PRESERVATION CELEBRATION DRAWS HUNDREDS TO LEBANON GREEN|
| ||(LEBANON) - Nibbling an ear of roasted sweet corn picked that morning from a nearby field, Oliver Manning walked through the crowd gathered at the Farmland Preservation Celebration last weekend and recalled the days when he feared he might have to sell his dairy farm in town.|
|COMMISSIONER REVICZKY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF BUREAU OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCE PRESERVATION|
| ||Linda Piotrowicz has been selected as the new director of the Dept. of Agricultureís (DoAg)ís Bureau of Agricultural Development and Resource Preservation.|
|NEW ADULT AG COURSES AT NONNEWAUG OFFERED THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE, NAUGATUCK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE|
| ||Three pilot agricultural training courses designed to help beginning and established farmers sharpen their production skills are being offered this fall through a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture, the state Board of Regents for Higher Education, the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Center at Nonnewaug High School and Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC).|
|State DoAg: New Policy for Shellfish Beds Will Increase Production, Improve Food Safety and Protect Taxpayer Dollars|
| ||(Hartford, CONN.) Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky has announced a new policy regarding the stateís shellfish leases, one that will enhance opportunities for small businesses, ensure public safety, and protect taxpayersí investments.|
|FARMLAND PRESERVATION CELEBRATION SEPT. 20 TO MARK PROTECTION OF 300 FARMS|
| ||"For 200 years they picked the stones.
They worked their fingers to the bone.
The landís been harrowed and been plowed,
In sun and rainy clouds.
Itís fed a hungry people - until now.
Theyíre coveriní up the land.
Theyíre coveriní up the land.
You canít raise crops or pasture cattle worth a damn,
When allís your raisiní is houses on the farm.
Iím sure you have heard of urban sprawl,
Where you trade the blacktop soil for a mall.
See those houses trim and neat,
You canít eat that old concrete.
Iíd rather feel the dirt beneath my feet.Ē
|PLANT GRANTS HELPING FARMERS REBUILD FROM EXTREME WEATHER DAMAGE|
| ||The twisted skeletons of seven hoophouses that collapsed under the weight of a February 2013 blizzard still line one end of the Semkow Farms property in Colchester.|