Department of Agriculture

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4/18/2018
FOOD SAFETY -Violative Antibiotic Tissue Residues at Slaughter: Sorting Out Who, What and Why
  Most livestock producers are well aware of the importance of having a comprehensive herd health plan developed with their veterinarian that includes the responsible use of antibiotics, now often termed “antibiotic or antimicrobial stewardship,” primarily as a means of preventing residues from such drugs contaminating or adulterating animal-derived food products.

4/11/2018
Farmland Restoration Program Brings Land Back Into Agricultural Production
  The Farmland Restoration Program (FLRP) has provided approximately $3.6 million of funding to farm projects that increase Connecticut’s agricultural land resource base since its creation by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2011, and has leveraged approximately $5.6 million in matching funds.

4/4/2018
GREAT AMERICAN AQUACULTURE NEARS FIRST HARVEST
  Great American Aquaculture LLC (dba Ideal Fish) has launched an aquaculture business in Connecticut that will produce fresh, sustainable, and safe seafood in land-based, recirculating aquaculture systems.

3/28/2018
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
  The Connecticut General Assembly meets each winter and spring. In odd-numbered years, the legislature is in session from January to June. During these longer sessions, members formulate a budget for the state and propose legislation on any and every topic that may be of import to the people in their districts or to the State of Connecticut.

3/21/2018
SAFELY ENJOY YOUR BACKYARD FLOCK
  The first day of spring is upon us along with the holiday celebration of new life and high expectations of a new growing season.

3/14/2018
AG DAY AT THE CAPITOL - Showcases Diversity and Economic Impact of Connecticut Agriculture
  The third Wednesday in March is said to be “the best day of the year” at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.

3/7/2018
AGRICULTURAL STAKEHOLDERS LAUD THE PRESERVATION OF STEARNS FARM IN MANSFIELD
  Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky today announced that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Town of Mansfield, has permanently protected another 740 acres of Stearns Farm in Mansfield, assuring that it will forever remain in agriculture.

2/28/2018
THE STATE OF KELP - A New Sea Vegetable Industry Is Poised for Growth, if These New Farmers Can Develop a Market
  From Norwalk to Branford to Stonington, it’s been a waiting game for a new class of Connecticut farmers. Now that an unseasonably cold winter looks to have passed and water temperatures in Long Island Sound have rebounded to nearly the seasonal average, that wait is just about over.

2/21/2018
GROWING INTO THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT
  A lot of attention has been given to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed by the United States Congress in 2011—for good reason.