|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.|
|EXPLORING CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES FOR CT FARMERS AT PLANT SCIENCE DAY|
| ||Farmers in Connecticut and other Northeast states face a combination of challenges and opportunities from changing weather patterns that science shows are mainly sparked by man-made greenhouse gases.|
|REDDING HORSE OWNER CHARGED WITH ANIMAL NEGLECT|
| ||(REDDING, CT) Ė The July seizure of two emaciated horses has led to charges of animal cruelty against their owner.Lisa Lind-Larsen, 75, of 6 Packer Brook, was charged with two counts of cruelty to animals in the July 10 seizure of two Mustangs by State Animal Control Officers from the Dept. of Agriculture.
|NEW LAW DECLARING HORSES NOT NATURALLY VICIOUS MARKED IN BETHANY|
| ||If there was a single ill-tempered horse among the dozens at Locketís Meadow Farm last week, it certainly wasnít apparent to a crowd including the Governor that interrupted the animalsí day for a celebration on their behalf.
|URBAN AGRICULTURE, FARMERSí MARKETS TAKING ROOT ACROSS STATE|
| ||From cement-block beds and countless plastic buckets packed atop the cracked asphalt of her North End driveway, Tamekah Edwards harvests an astonishing bounty of crops that puts an urban twist on the term CT Grown.|
|PRESERVED GOSHEN FARM AMONG 300 TO BE CELEBRATED AT SEPT. EVENT IN LEBANON|
| ||George Schuster doesnít call himself a farmer, but one would be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about protecting farmland Ė including the centuries-old farm in Goshen where he was raised and still lives.|
|Department of Agriculture Announces Voluntary Shellfish Recall|
| ||(Hartford, CONN.) The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has initiated a shellfish closure and voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested from the waters of Norwalk and Westport (see complete list of affected harvest locations below).|