Department of Agriculture

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3/20/2019
CONNECTICUT SHELLFISH COMMISSIONS
  Connecticut’s shellfish industry and recreational shellfishing programs benefit greatly from the dedication of municipal shellfish commissions throughout the state of Connecticut.

3/13/2019
AGRICULTURE DAY AT THE CAPITOL
  Apples, chowder, eggs, ice cream, maple syrup, and potted plants are just a few of the items expected to be on display during Agriculture Day at the Capitol (“Ag Day”) scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3/6/2019
FUTURE OF POMFRET FARM SECURE THANKS IN PART TO STATE AND FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP
  Back in 1924, when Russian immigrants Alexander and Stephanida Wolchesky purchased their 120-acre farm in Pomfret, Connecticut, it probably never occurred to them there would be a reason to protect it from development.

2/27/2019
FARM TAXES
  The due date for filing 2018 federal and state income tax returns is April 15, 2019. For many Connecticut farm businesses, filing taxes is an opportunity to perform an annual financial analysis that can be a helpful decision-making tool for the following year.

2/20/2019
CULTIVATION OF KELP IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
  Kelp is an exciting new farming venture in the Long Island Sound. There are kelp farms in, or proposed in, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Milford, Branford, Groton, and Stonington.

2/13/2019
REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES
  The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has regulatory oversight over a wide range of agricultural commodities sold and/or produced in the state.

2/6/2019
DOMESTIC ANIMAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP
  The Department of Agriculture’s Domestic Animal Control Working Group has prepared legislation that has been submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly for the 2019 legislative session.

1/30/2019
COLD WEATHER ADVISORY
  During the expected severe cold weather the department is reminding animal owners, animals suffer from frostbite and hypothermia just like humans.

1/30/2019
LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
  Each year, the Connecticut General Assembly meets to discuss the state budget, and to propose other changes to state statutes that may be necessary. This year also brings new leadership in the executive branch under Governor Ned Lamont, and soon will include a new commissioner at the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

1/23/2019
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.

1/16/2019
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.

1/9/2019
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.

1/2/2019
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.