|CMSR. REVICZKY, COLLEAGUES SEEK COMMON GROUND WITH USDA SECRETARY PERDUE|
| ||Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky and several of his colleagues from around the country recently met in Washington, D.C. with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and other officials to discuss the states’ agricultural priorities and urge federal cooperation in acting on them.|
|BEEF CATTLE FARM FIRST TO BE PROTECTED IN COVENTRY UNDER STATE PRESERVATION PROGRAM|
| ||COVENTRY – An 83-acre beef cattle farm established along the banks of the Willimantic River in the 1920s will forever remain available for agricultural production after being protected under the state’s Farmland Preservation Program.|
|ANIMAL EXHIBITORS AND VISITORS REMINDED TO FOLLOW GOOD HANDLING AND HYGIENE PRACTICES|
| || The onset of warmer weather signals more interaction between people and animals on farms, at agricultural fairs and other exhibitions – and also increases the potential spread of disease from animals to people.
|FARM WINERY PROMOTION KICKS OFF AS THREE NEW VENUES JOIN PROGRAM|
| ||The annual opening of the state’s Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries program was marked by a visit to a Shelton winery by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, who urged residents and visitors to experience the state’s 37 farm wineries and appreciate the skill it takes to grow grapes here.|
|WOODBURY FFA FLORICULTURE TEAM HEADING TO EUROPE, SEEKS DONATIONS TO FUND “ONCE IN A LIFETIME” TRIP|
| ||One member of the award-winning team plans to be a clinical pharmacist with a specialty in herbal remedies, while another wants to research plant genetics and a third is pursuing a degree to teach high school Ag Science. And despite the wide variation in their interests, each member of the Woodbury FFA Floriculture Team is intent on fueling their intended career during a planned June tour of flower, vegetable and nursery businesses in Europe.
|WARM WINTERS PRODUCING HIGHER TICK ABUNDANCE AND INFECTION WITH LYME DISEASE STATEWIDE|
| ||NEW HAVEN - The Tick Testing Program at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is reporting higher tick abundance and infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens this spring throughout Connecticut.|
|STATE’S GREENHOUSE INDUSTRY REVS UP FOR SPRING, WORKS TO KEEP CUSTOMERS LOCAL|
| ||SOUTHINGTON – As the thermometer touched 70-degrees Monday afternoon, one sure sign of spring warmth finally arriving was the creaking, metallic sound of greenhouse windows at Karabin Farms automatically cranking open to allow cooler air inside.|
|A GIFT OF A FARM LEADS TO ITS PRESERVATION, FULFILLMENT OF A DREAM|
| ||BETHLEHEM – Ever since he began showing cows as a boy, Jon O’Neill always dreamed of having his own farm. But what he never imagined was that he would finally get that farm as a gift from a retired dairyman he’d known since childhood, and who left the O’Neill family his 160-acre farm after passing away several years ago.