|FARM TRANSITION GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2019|
| ||The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for its 2019 Farm Transition Grant program. Applications are due Thursday, February 14, 2019.|
|AQUACULTURE LICENSING AND PERMITTING IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT|
| ||Aquaculture by definition is the farming of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants, algae, and other organisms. The Department of Agriculture (DoAg)’s Bureau of Aquaculture is the licensing/permitting agency for shellfish (hard clams, oysters, mussels) and algae seaweed (kelp) in Connecticut.|
|DAIRY REGULATION IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT|
| ||For a small state, Connecticut’s dairy industry contributes substantially to the state’s economy. According to the most recent Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry, Update 2015, released by UConn’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, Connecticut’s dairy manufacturing industry including fluid milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream contributes more than $1 billion annually to the state’s economy.|
|CONNECTICUT FARMLINK MATCHES FARMERS WITH FARMLAND|
| ||When Vermont farmer Katie Taibi’s partner, Matt Burrell, took a job as a paramedic in Connecticut, they found themselves looking for a place to live and land to farm. Through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s FarmLink Program they found an opportunity to rent a historic home, cultivate a market garden, and learn about raising sheep on the Raymond Family Farm in South Windsor.|
|2018 FARM BILL|
| ||Congress recently passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill. This legislation is the basis for allowing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deliver funding and services that agriculture producers around the country—and right here in Connecticut—depend on. The bill now waits for the president’s signature.|
|HOLIDAY/WINTER FARMERS’ MARKETS|
| ||Winter farmers’ markets are a fun and festive way to shop during the cold season.
|CONNECTICUT’S SHELLFISH INDUSTRY|
| ||The shellfish aquaculture industry in Connecticut creates jobs, provides a source of locally grown food, and is a sustainable fishery that provides critical environmental services to the Long Island Sound.|
|CT DEPT OF AGRICULTURE TO HOST CT FARM-TO-SCHOOL CONFERENCE JANUARY 22, 2019|
| ||The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) will be hosting the Connecticut Farm-to-School Conference, “Wholesale Readiness and Culinary Trainings: Making Connections Across the Sectors”. Producers, food service professionals, and others interested in Farm-to-School are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Hartford Sheraton South in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, for a full day of trainings, panel discussion, educational sessions and networking.|
|STAYING AHEAD OF ANIMAL DISEASE: LOOK, REPORT & PROTECT|
| ||If you own animals or birds of any kind, you are an essential partner in early animal disease discovery, reporting, and disease control.
Your daily observations during feeding and caring of your animals provide you with a baseline of information about what is “normal” for your farm or operation.