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Farmland ConneCTions: A Guide for Connecticut Towns, Institutions and Land Trusts Using or Leasing Farmland

Land is an essential element of farming, and, after a century of significant farmland loss around the state, access to affordable, productive farmland is one of the greatest challenges that Connecticut farmers face. Farmland owned by towns, institutions and land trusts represents an important source of land for farmers and for local food production.

Economic Impact of Connecticut's Agricultural Industry

The purpose of this study is to ascertain and document the significance of agriculture and related industries to Connecticut’s economy. This study defines the Connecticut agricultural industry as encompassing crop and livestock production, forest products, and primary agricultural processing tied to the state’s agricultural production. Because this industry buys goods and services from other industries in the state and hires local labor, its economic impacts cascade throughout the entire state economy.

Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program Study: Highlighted Findings

American Farmland Trust and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, with support from Very Alive, teamed up in April 2006 to survey owners of farms that were preserved through the Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program. A 79 question survey was mailed from the CT Department of Agriculture and included a cover letter from the Commissioner. Completed surveys were mailed to American Farmland Trust and were kept anonymous. Of 217 surveys mailed, 78 were returned, for a response rate of 36%.

Protecting Farmland Through Purchase of Development Rights: The Farmers' Perspective

No one recent issue has generated more discussion and concern in rural communities across the country than escalating growth and its myriad of related impacts and pressures. From Maine to California, communities have found themselves in the difficult position of balancing growth and the loss of critical natural resources.

Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland: A Guide for Landowners, Land Trusts & Municipalities

Agriculture is deeply rooted in Connecticut. For generations, farms and farmers have been a cornerstone of communities throughout the state, providing:

• a bounty of fresh food and produce
• local jobs and tax revenues
• pastoral views and recreational opportunities
• wildlife habitat
• clean air and water

Nutrition Incentives at Farmers’ Markets: Bringing Fresh, Healthy, Local Foods Within Reach

Based on visits and interviews, this report profiles pilot programs that match and expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),1 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP), and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) dollars spent at farmers markets.

Community Food Systems: Strengthening Community Health and Economy

Planners have historically focused on air, water, shelter and food. In the 19th century, as cities expanded, light and air gained prominence in an effort to combat public health concerns and disease. In the early 20th century, the garden city movement addressed the role of food in relation to planning. This relationship was lost for decades, but now food is moving to the fore once again - regionally, nationally and globally.

Tour des Farms: From the Guilford Shores to the Hills

Pedal through some of Connecticut's most beautiful farmland. Get to know the diversity of Connecticut's agricultural production. You can shop for local produce as you ride and we will pick up your purchases and deliver them back to the gathering spot for you. Ride options are a 10 mile route; 19 mile route; 28 mile route; and a metric century (62 mile route) with stops at a rose farm, vegetable farms, orchards, nurseries and a winery.

Milford, CT: Farm Guide

A guide to the best fresh produce and agricultural products in Southern Connecticut.

Enjoy the Milford farms throughout the year! Milord has a rich agricultural tradition that continues to this day, with about 1 million acres of fertile farmland. Located on the long Island sound, the climate is perfect for raising a variety of fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Milford also has a number of nurseries and tree farms. Most of the produce is sold wholesale and from local farm stands.

Lebanon, CT: Land Preservation Options Conference Announcement

The Town of Lebanon recognizes the importance of protecting the valuable natural resources and cultural, historic and family heritage of Lebanon. The Town is working to preserve Lebanon's agricultural and forest land base, and is working with landowners who are interested in preserving their property. On Saturday, January 27, 2007 the Town will host a Land Preservation Options Conference from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Lyman Memorial High School Auditorium, 917 Exeter Road. Your presence at this forum is desired!

Connecticut Exemption for Farm Products, Machinary and Optional Muncipal Exemption for Farm Buildings and Farm Worker Housing

This statute exempts farming tools, machinery (value up to $100,000), certain greenhouses and farm products from property taxes. Towns may also allow an additional exemption from property tax for farm machinery (additional value of up to $100,000). Allows exemptions from property tax for buildings that are used exclusively in farming or to provide housing for seasonal employees.

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