|MARCH 18, 2010 --
Connecticut Celebrates Ag Day
The Connecticut State Grange, along with over 40 other organizations from across Connecticut, celebrated agriculture in Connecticut at the state's annual Ag Day at the State Capitol.
Governor M. Jody Rell read the official proclamation, and presided over the celebration, acknowledging farming's contribution to the state over the past 375 years.
"Connecticut is celebrating its 375th Anniversary this year and an essential part of our heritage, what makes Connecticut unique, has always been Connecticut agriculture," Governor Rell said. "The motto of our yearlong celebration is ‘Industrious, Inventive and Enduring.' To me that sums up the spirit of Connecticut farming.
"Agriculture Day at the Capitol gives a grateful state the opportunity to say thank you to our farmers and producers," Governor Rell said. "Agriculture is a $2 billion industry in Connecticut that accounts for 50,000 jobs and thousands of acres of open space that enhance our quality of life."
Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner F. Philip Prelli was also in attendance. Prelli is a Past State Master (President) of the Connecticut State Grange, and is the National Grange Executive Committee Secretary.
"Agriculture Day provides an excellent snapshot of agriculture in Connecticut, highlighting its progress and diversity," said Commission Prelli. "Agriculture is an economic generator in our state and this day allows us to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to these advances in our industry."
Commissioner Prelli recognized several award winners during a special ceremony, including the Outstanding Young Farmer Award, which went to Joe Geremia of Wallingford. The Connecticut Agriculture Information Council also presented Agriculture Journalism Awards.
To view the full gallery of photos, please visit the Scrapbook section of the Connecticut State Grange website at: www.CTStateGrange.org.