Department of Agriculture

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11/14/2018
DOAG AND UNH COLLABORATING TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  On the last two Fridays in October, staff from the Department of Agriculture (DoAg)’s Bureau of Aquaculture took a University of New Haven (UNH) class out on trips on the John H. Volk, DoAg’s shellfish research vessel.

11/7/2018
CONSIDERATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY DURING COLDER WEATHER
  Autumn is a season that brings many changes to Connecticut. The shorter days bring us our beautiful foliage, fresh cider, and all of the wonderful winter-keeping vegetables. It is also a time however, for making the necessary plans and preparations to ensure that livestock and poultry have access to adequate water, feed, and protection from the cold temperatures to not just survive but actually thrive during the winter months.

10/24/2018
Phoenix Farm Rises
  Phoenix Farm in Cromwell has seen its share of challenges since Christine Whitney’s step-grandparents purchased the land in 1957. They operated a dairy and vegetable farm, then known as Lassen Farm, until 1978, when Christine’s stepfather took over.

10/17/2018
Farm Viability Grant Supports Connecticut Agriculture
  The Farm Viability Grant program, administered by the Department of Agriculture (DoAg), provides matching funds to Connecticut municipalities, groups of municipalities, regional councils of governments, and/or agricultural non-profit organizations for projects that sustain and enhance agriculture in their communities. Applications for this year’s program will be accepted November 13 – 20, 2018.

10/12/2018
CONNECTICUT ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO PROFESSION
  On Thursday, September 20, 2018 the Connecticut Municipal Animal Control Officers Association (CMACOA) held their 33rd Annual Conference at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

10/12/2018
MONITORING COASTLINE TO ENSURE CONTINUED SAFETY OF CONNECTICUT SHELLFISH
  Connecticut has a thriving shellfish industry and has reliably produced safe clams and oysters for locals and visitors to enjoy. Although Connecticut has not experienced a harmful algal bloom (HAB)-related closure since 2003, the Department of Agriculture (DoAg)’s, Bureau of Aquaculture has consistently maintained a phytoplankton and toxin monitoring program as an early warning system, and collaborates with partner agencies to respond to potential HAB events and fish kills.

10/12/2018
CONNECTICUT AGRICULTURE SHOWCASED ON FARM AID’S NATIONAL STAGE
  Farm Aid’s high-profile, talent-packed annual music festival took place in Hartford on September 22, 2018, with Connecticut agriculture prominently featured through exhibits, videos, blog entries, photographs, and farmer appearances on stage before the music began.

9/26/2018
Horses Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Two Connecticut Towns
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture announced today the first domestic animal cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection for 2018. A 25-year old miniature horse from Greenwich presented on August 20 with recumbency and an abnormal gait. Diagnostic samples collected and submitted on August 22 by the attending veterinarian were found positive for WNV infection. The horse was treated and is recovering.

9/19/2018
CONNECTICUT FARMER GROWS TO FEED HER COMMUNITY
  USDA celebrates farmers, like Baylee Drown, who supply fresh fruits and vegetables to their communities through farmers markets. Farmers markets give consumers access to locally-grown and farm-fresh products, while giving farmers the platform to grow and connect with their customer base.