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Urban Agriculture Webinar Series

Are you an urban farmer or interested in urban agriculture?

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to funding opportunities for producers, non-profits and more. Hear from state officials, USDA, FEMA, FSA, DECD, SBA and many more, as we discuss opportunities to grow, develop, and begin farming in urban and suburban areas in Connecticut.

If you are a farmer, have a dream of someday farming or if you are a non-profit that supports production in Connecticut, we invite you to join us for these interesting and informative webinars. Webinars will have time for questions and discussion with panelists.

Webinars are recorded and will be posted here.

 

WEBINAR 1:
The first in a series of urban agriculture webinars hosted by Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Register here

 

Opening Remarks:

Bryan Hurlburt, Commissioner, CT Department of Agriculture
Glendowlyn Thames, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Economic & Community Development

Sessions Include:

USDA Conservation Assistance
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps urban farmers by providing technical and financial assistance to growers in: improving soil health, increasing irrigation efficiency and water conservation, addressing weeds and pest pressure, and addressing plant health and productivity through season extension. 
Thomas Morgart, State Conservationist, USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Debbie Surabian, State Soil Scientist, USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Nancy Ferlow, State Resource Conservationist, USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service

USDA Crop Insurance, Farm Loans and Disaster Programs
The USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Programs provide many varied ways to support Farmers of all types. These include crop insurance, disaster support programs, farm storage facility loans with special support for beginning farmers, historically underserved and veteran groups. 
Teresa Peavey, County Executive Director, FSA 
Carolyn Marlowe,
Farm Loan Manager, FSA

USDA Office of Urban Agriculture
USDA’s new Office of Urban Agriculture & Innovative Production (OUAIP) will be introduced and discuss ideas, opportunities, and suggestions for developing urban agriculture program objectives and building a collaborative urban partnership. 
Stuart Lee, Management Program Analysis, USDA-NRCS Office of Outreach and Partnership Division 

USDA Rural Development Programs
USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program helps agricultural producers with the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. The Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program supports commercial financing of urban businesses involved in agricultural food projects. 
Lyndon Nichols, Area Director, USDA Rural Development Agency

USDA Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency of USDA that serves all farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. 
Teresa Peavey, County Executive Director, FSA
Carolyn Marlowe, Farm Loan Manager, FSA