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Press Releases

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  • 10/9/2020 Department of Agriculture begins initiative to increase market share for Connecticut producers

    Plans include research, development and roll out of a 12-month marketing campaign to promote Connecticut Grown agriculture and aquaculture.

  • 10/8/2020 Geer Farm - Farm Protected in Lebanon

    Connecticut Farmland Trust and Connecticut Department of Agriculture are pleased to announce the preservation of Geer Farm in Lebanon.

  • 10/2/2020 CT Grown for CT Kids Week

    Highlight of October National Farm to School Month ​

  • 9/30/2020 Eighth Generation Family Farm Protected Forever

    The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg), with assistance from Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC), has permanently protected the Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury, owned by Cathleen and Howard Bronson.

  • 9/15/2020 Bite Into Fall with Connecticut Grown Apples

    (HARTFORD, CT) – You might not be able to bob for apples this fall, but you can visit an orchard to pick your own apples. Connecticut is home to more than 65 orchards with more than 60 apple varieties suitable for snacking, salads, sauces, desserts, and more.

  • 9/15/2020 Celebrate Fall Harvest Season

    Shop for Connecticut Grown Products

  • 9/15/2020 Stanley Boniewski Farm of Middletown Is Protected and Ready for a New Owner

    [HARTFORD, CT] - Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) and Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) are pleased to announce the preservation of Stanley Boniewski Farm in Middletown. This 41-acre farm was protected in concert by the Town of Middletown, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), CT DoAg, and CFT.

  • 9/15/2020 Thirteenth Generation Dairy Farm in Voluntown Begins Journey to Preservation

    [HARTFORD, CT] - Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT), in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg), is pleased to announce completion of the first phase of a multi-year project to preserve Gallup Farm, a 500-acre dairy in Voluntown. The large property is being protected in a joint effort by partners USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS), CT DoAg and CFT. The first portion of the farm to be protected encompasses 116 acres. ​

  • 8/19/2020 Connecticut Dairy Producers Urged to Enroll in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    (HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) is urging dairy producers to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide vital financial assistance to absorb sales losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, August 17, 2020, Connecticut dairy producers have received $5.9 million in payments, accounting for 86% of payments made to Connecticut.

  • 8/19/2020 Connecticut Producers Urged to Enroll in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

    (HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) is urging dairy producers to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide vital financial assistance to absorb sales losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, August 17, 2020, Connecticut dairy producers have received $5.9 million in payments, accounting for 86% of payments made to Connecticut. USDA is accepting CFAP applications now through September 11, 2020. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) mission is to foster a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting, and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state's citizens of the diversity of Connecticut agriculture, its cultural heritage, and its contribution to the state's economy. For more information, visit www.CTGrown.gov.

  • 8/14/2020 Support CT Farmers and Restaurants During Farm-to-Chef Week

  • 7/28/2020 Connecticut Residents Asked to Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds

    (HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) and The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) have been notified that several Connecticut residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them. Unsolicited packages of seeds have been received by people in several other states across the United States over the last several days.

  • 6/16/2020 Beloved Watertown Farm is Protected Forever

    The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) in coordination with Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to announce the preservation of Gustafson Farm in Watertown. The farm has been a popular destination for area families since 1907. The preservation of Gustafson Farm was a complex feat of partnership and teamwork involving USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Housatonic Valley Association, CT DoAg and CFT, in the farm’s preservation. For many families, the idea of conserving their land is like a seed – it takes many years to mature. For the Gustafson family, the seed was planted over a decade ago by the past generation of Gustafsons, who knew their 301-acre orchard and beef farm was something special that they wanted to preserve. That seed has finally come to fruition with the work of their descendants: cousins Katie Barnosky, Frank Gustafson, III, and Kristie Weidemier.

  • 6/1/2020 Survey Underway to Assess Availability of Food Storage and Meal Preparation Sites in Connecticut

    HARTFORD, CT – The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in partnership with other state and local agencies, is surveying various entities on their willingness to collaborate with local emergency food distribution agencies (e.g.; local food pantry) who are seeking additional food storage space and meal preparation services for home-bound individuals and families.

  • 5/29/2020 Connecticut Department of Agriculture Awards Farm Transition Grants

    HARTFORD, CT – Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt announces that the Connecticut Department of Agriculture has awarded 16 grants totaling $547,784.41 to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives seeking to expand, diversify, and improve their existing operation.