Department of Agriculture

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CT Weekly Agricultural Report



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6/26/2019
CONNECTICUT GROWN SHELLFISH
  Connecticut residents are well aware of our farms, but generally don’t think about our thriving industry that farms under the water.

6/19/2019
CONNECTICUT FARMERS’ MARKETS ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON
  Farmers’ markets are regular, community-based events that celebrate local food, farm products, and agriculture while supporting local jobs and the local economy.

6/12/2019
CONNECTICUT GROWN STRAWBERRIES RIPE FOR THE PICKING
  Fresh from the field, Connecticut Grown strawberries are now ripening and ready to eat. Strawberries are the first fruit available in Connecticut and signal the arrival of summer for many residents who look forward to visiting one of the state’s pick-your-own farms.

6/12/2019
2019 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP
  With the adjournment of the 2019 legislative session, the following is a roundup of proposals that the department worked on to support and enhance agriculture in our state. There were many proposals that were debated and passed into law, these are a few that the department engaged in over the course of the session.

6/5/2019
CELEBRATE JUNE DAIRY MONTH
  June is National Dairy Month—a celebration of the delicious and nutritious dairy foods produced by dairy farm families throughout Connecticut.

5/29/2019
PARTNERSHIPS ENABLE PRESERVATION OF BRISTOL’S FARM IN CANTON
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture partnered with multiple entities to ensure the 27-acre Bristol’s Farm in Canton, CT remains in agricultural use in perpetuity.

5/22/2019
2019 ISSUE OF CONNECTICUT GROWN MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is pleased to release the third annual edition of Connecticut Grown magazine, which showcases the growth and evolution of agriculture.

5/15/2019
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LAUNCHES HEMP LICENSING PORTAL
  Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt today announced the launch of a new webpage and online licensing portal for hemp producers and processors in the state, available at www.ctgrown.gov/hemp. This comes after Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act 19-3, An Act Concerning a Pilot Program for Hemp, on May 9, 2019.

5/14/2019
BRASS CITY REGIONAL FOOD HUB BREAKS GROUND IN WATERBURY
  The sun broke through the clouds Monday in Waterbury just as the lieutenant governor, mayor, and others drove their shovels into the soil to officially break ground on the Brass City Regional Food Hub--foreshadowing a bright future for a project that has been years in the making.

5/8/2019
REACHING NEW HORIZONS
  Jeffrey, Louis, and Jacob Lipton are owners and operators of Pleasant View Farms in Somers, Connecticut. The farm has been in the Lipton family since 1918. Originally a dairy, the farm has transitioned into growing 600 acres of small grains and 650 acres of hay.

5/1/2019
NATIONAL PET WEEK PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE PET CARE: MAY 6 – 11, 2019
  As the month of May signifies a midpoint between the spring and summer season, it also has been nationally designated as a month to remind pet owners of responsible care for their animals.