|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.
|LOOKING BACK AND AHEAD|
| ||Over the last eight years, the Department of Agriculture (DoAg) has made tremendous progress in its mission to Grow Connecticut Farms. These successes were made possible by the unyielding support of our governor and state legislators, the hard work of DoAg staff, and the effective advocacy of key stakeholders. As a stand-alone, cabinet-level agency, DoAg is positioned to advance Connecticut farming and agriculture.|
|DOAG AND UNH COLLABORATING TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE|
| ||On the last two Fridays in October, staff from the Department of Agriculture (DoAg)’s Bureau of Aquaculture took a University of New Haven (UNH) class out on trips on the John H. Volk, DoAg’s shellfish research vessel.|
|CONSIDERATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY DURING COLDER WEATHER|
| ||Autumn is a season that brings many changes to Connecticut. The shorter days bring us our beautiful foliage, fresh cider, and all of the wonderful winter-keeping vegetables.
It is also a time however, for making the necessary plans and preparations to ensure that livestock and poultry have access to adequate water, feed, and protection from the cold temperatures to not just survive but actually thrive during the winter months.
|Phoenix Farm Rises|
| ||Phoenix Farm in Cromwell has seen its share of challenges since Christine Whitney’s step-grandparents purchased the land in 1957. They operated a dairy and vegetable farm, then known as Lassen Farm, until 1978, when Christine’s stepfather took over.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|