|AG COMMUNITY GATHERS TO HELP NEWER FARMERS GET STARTED, SCALE UP|
| ||EAST WINDSOR - Melody Wright has gotten a pretty good start selling medicinal and therapeutic herbs like the Lavender and St. John’s Wort she grows at her Pleasant Valley Botanicals in Barkhamsted.|
|A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE TO FARMING LIFE ON DISPLAY IN MANCHESTER|
| ||To photographer Jack McConnell, his “Know Your Connecticut Farmer” exhibit is about a lot more than just the 35 striking black-and-white pictures on display for the next month at a Manchester gallery.|
|GROWING BUSINESSES, JOBS AT THE HARTFORD REGIONAL MARKET|
| ||It all started with a single pallet of loaned space in the back of a cooler at the Hartford Regional Market.Twenty years later, Alan Hemingway’s wholesale distribution business serves 350 supermarkets throughout the Northeast, and is touted as an example of how the Regional Market can serve as a springboard to new jobs and economic growth.
|LOW-COST AGRICULTURE COURSES OFFERED AT NONNEWAUG THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE, NAUGATUCK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE|
| ||Three low-cost, non-credit agricultural training courses designed to help beginning and established farmers sharpen their production and operational skills are being offered this winter at Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Center at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury.|
|AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT TO LAUNCH ONLINE CONNECTICUT GROWN STORE|
| ||Fans of Connecticut Grown farm products can now proclaim their passion on apparel and a variety of other functional items.
|IMPROVED HARVESTING TECHNIQUES PRODUCING HEALTHIER, SAFER OYSTERS, REDUCING HUMAN ILLNESS|
| ||Aquaculture scientists from the Department of Agriculture have made significant progress in reducing the likelihood of an outbreak of a bacterial infection linked to oysters in Long Island Sound, and are continuing research into harvesting and storage methods designed to prevent illnesses from occurring.|
|HARVESTING APPLE SALES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA|
| ||These days, apple grower Brian Kelliher’s idea of a successful harvest isn’t just measured in bushels. As Chairman of the Connecticut Apple Marketing Board (CAMB), an important part of his harvest equation now includes the growth of visitors to the board’s revamped website and new social media sites.
|KEEPING PULLING CONTESTS CLEAN AT THE COUNTRY FAIR|
| ||Department of Agriculture Bureau Director Dr. Bruce Sherman’s recent trip to a popular Eastern Connecticut country fair wasn’t for the fun or the food.|
|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 state’s shellfish leases, one that will enhance opportunities for small businesses, ensure public safety, and protect taxpayers’ investments.|