|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.
|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.|