Department of Agriculture

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CT Weekly Agricultural Report
   
 
 

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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.

9/13/2018
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PRESERVES FIVE CONNECTICUT FARMS
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) recently helped ensure that five Connecticut farms will remain in agricultural use in perpetuity. Recent closings on the Butler Farm in New Hartford, the Polek Family Farm in Enfield, the Shepard Farm in South Windsor, Cheetham White Oak Farm in Stonington, and the Spalding Farm in Woodstock...

9/5/2018
“ONE HEALTH” – A GLOBAL, NATIONAL, AND STATE INITIATIVE
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) supports the goals and initiatives of One Health. One Health is a global, national, state, and local initiative to unite professionals who work in human, animal, and environmental health fields.

8/29/2018
SHEPARD FARM IN SOUTH WINDSOR PERMANENTLY PROTECTED FOR AGRICULTURAL USE
  Mayor Saud Anwar and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven K. Reviczky today announced the permanent protection of approximately 50 acres of farmland owned by the Shepard family, situated on the easterly side of Main St. and the southerly side of Pleasant Valley Rd.

8/29/2018
NATIONAL AGRICULTURE LEADERS TO GATHER IN CONNECTICUT
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) is excited to be hosting this year’s annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in Hartford during the second week of September.

8/22/2018
BIG E PREVIEW
  Fried dough, Ferris wheels, and family fun are on the horizon as the Big E returns to the Eastern States Exhibition September 14-30, 2018 in West Springfield, MA. In 2017, the annual event attracted 1,525,553 visitors, setting an attendance record.