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Connecticut Farm Bureau sets priorities for 2010

By Sally Mancini, Connecticut Farm Bureau Press Release

  NOVEMBER 10, 2009 --

Farm Bureau members debated key measures to sustain and grow CT's agricultural industry at CT Farm Bureau's 90th Annual Meeting on November 6. New and emerging priorities include a study of the economic impact of CT agriculture, the adoption of agriculturally friendly municipal and state regulations, and enhancing value-added agriculture and locally-grown guidelines that benefit CT farmers and consumers.

As a priority, Farm Bureau will seek a study to determine the value of the agricultural sector and its contribution to CT's economy. "We think a solid study of the contribution of agriculture to the economy and the quality of life in CT is long overdue" stated Executive Director, Steve Reviczky.

President Don Tuller, a seventh generation farmer and owner/operator of Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury, commented "CT consumers' demand for locally-grown farm fresh products is on the rise. Without local farms, there are no local foods or products. Farm Bureau members were clear that our highest priority is maintaining a farmer's ability to farm." In addition, Farm Bureau members are seeking a legal definition of "pure honey", support for raw milk production and are looking to expand current provisions for food production in farm kitchens to enhance value-added agriculture.

For additional information, please contact Steve Reviczky at 860-970-8084 or stever@cfba.org.

Connecticut Farm Bureau Association is a non-profit, grassroots membership organization dedicated to the future of farming and Connecticut agriculture.


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