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Young Farmers' Lamb and Pig Roast 2017
Event invitation to the Young Farmers' Lamb and Pig Road 2017
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Water Water Everywhere???
Drought preparedness for CT farmers.
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2017 One on One - Free Agricultural Advising Sessions
8 Statewide sessions for Free agricultural Advice for farmers
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Connecticut Food Donations: Date Labeling Laws
Created by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, June 2016
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Connecticut Food Donations: Liability Protections
A legal fact sheet on Connecticut Food Donations Liability Protection Created by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, June 2016
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Connecticut Food Donations: Tax Incentives for Businesses
A legal fact sheet created by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, June 2016
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Feeding America's Summary Tax Incentives for Food Donation
Feeding America, the country's lead organization in coordinating food security efforts, issued this update on the PATH act
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Barn Bookcase Project Sponsor Form
The CFBA Women's Leadership Committee is seeking support from farm businesses to sponsor barn-shaped bookcases filled with ag-accurate books in urban schools across the state. With 20 bookcases in schools so far, WLC aims to place another dozen with your help! Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation has committed to purchasing books in support of this project.
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List of Feed Sources-July 2016
This is a list of sources for bagged and bulk grain compiled by Connecticut service providers
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Farm Fantasy to Reality: Creating a Successful Farm Business Plan
Benefit from this program on farm business planning hosted by Fairfield County Farm Bureau and Easton Agricultural Commission
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Keeping the Bees: A Presentation with Kimberly Stoner of CAES
Learn the facts about pollinators from Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station scientist Kimberly Stoner, East Windsor
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Farm Renewable Energy & Efficiency Seminar
For farmers and agricultural businesses co-hosted by New Haven County Farm Bureau.
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Growing Hops & Barley: Opportunities for Connecticut Farmers
CFBA Sponsors this workshop on the latest research and marketing opportunities for these crops.
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PA 490: How it Benefits Connecticut
This summary provides key points about the impact of PA 490 in Connecticut.
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Learn to Testify Before the Legislature Program 1/21/2016
This program hosted by the CFBA Young Farmer Committee will provide tips and guidance on preparing and presenting effective testimony. Practice creating testimony and deliver your points effectively.
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Tax Reduction Programs for Farmers Program Jan 14, 2016
The Brooklyn Agricultural Commission and Connecticut Farm Bureau host this valuable program for farmers featuring Joan Nichols.
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2015 Recommended Land Use Values
Effective October 1, 2015 PA 490 Recommended Land Use Values
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Public Act 490: A Practical Guide and Overview for Landowners, Assessors and Government Officials
The 2015 PA 490 Guide was recently updated by the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association. This 52-page guide provides an overview of PA 490 for landowners, assessors, government officials, and others wanting to understand how this law is applied.
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Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland
Previously revised and updated in 2006 and 2009, this guide is currently in its fourth edition. Over more than a decade, this guide has been an effective educational tool for numerous agencies and organizations throughout the state, such as the CT Department of Agriculture, USDA-NRCS, Connecticut Farmland Trust, and numerous land trusts. It has been used extensively to educate landowners and land trusts about the many options available to successfully protect the farmland parcels that define our communities. To obtain hard copies of Conservation Options for Connecticut Farmland please contact Lisa Bassani at lbassani@farmland.org The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, is a statewide coalition dedicated to preserving Connecticut’s productive farmland.
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CT Agriculture Commissions/Committees
A comprehensive list of those communities in Connecticut that have an Agriculture Commission or Agriculture Committee
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Municipal Optional Tax Programs in CT
A listing of those Connecticut municipalities who have implemented optional tax programs to benefit agriculture in their communities
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Taylor Brooke Winery: A CIA Success Story
Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock, CT benefitted from the Community Investment Act through grant funding.
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Gourmavian Farm: A CIA Success Story
Gourmavian Farm in Bolton is a poultry operation which benefitted from CIA Funding to grow the business.
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Dairy Support: A CIA Success Story
All over Connecticut, dairy farms benefit from the CIA Act to buffer wide swings in the national milk pricing structure.
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Clark Farms: A CIA Success Story
The Community Investment Act made it possible for the Clark family to purchase protected land and reestablish Bushy Hill Orchard in Granby.
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Agricultural Commissions
This 3-page fact sheet, part of the Local Advocacy Tool Kit, provides an overview on Agricultural Commissions, including the state statute.
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Model Ordinance to Adopt an Agricultural Commission
This example of an ordinance to form an Agricultural Commission in your community is part of the Advocacy Tool Kit.
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Connecticut's Definition of Agriculture and Farming
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state definition of agriculture and other key points
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Connecticut's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act
This 4-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state statute and key points about our state's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act.
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Connecticut's Right to Farm Law
This 3-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state statute and key points about Connecticut's Right to Farm Law.
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Local Right to Farm Ordinances
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides state statute and other key points about creating local right to farm ordinances.
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Model of a Local Right to Farm Ordinance
This model of a Local Right to Farm Ordinance from the CFBA Local Advocacy Tool Kit serves as an example for other communities interested in implementing this.
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Tax Reduction Programs for Connecticut Farmers-a Summary
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides an overview on Tax Reduction Programs for farmers.
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$100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery
This 2-page fact sheet from the CFBA Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides state statute and key points about the $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery.
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Additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery--a Municipal Option
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state statute and key points about how municipalities may choose to implement an additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery to farmers.
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Model Ordinance for Additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery
This model ordinance for Additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery may be a helpful example to communities interested in adopting this exemption from local farmers.
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Model Ordinance for Farm Building Tax Exemption
This Model Ordinance for Farm Building Tax Exemption may serve as a useful example to other communities considering implementing this tax exemption for farmers.
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PA 490: Connecticut's Land Use Value Assessment Law
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit outlines key points about Public Act 490 which is Connecticut's Land Use Value Assessment Law.

Property Tax Abatement--a Municipal Option
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state statute and key points about the Property Tax Abatement Municipal Option.
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Model Ordinance for Farm Property Tax Abatement
This Model Ordinance for Farm Property Tax Abatement may serve as a useful example to communities considering implementing such an ordinance.
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Property Tax Exemptions
This 2-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides key points about Property Tax Exemptions available to farmers.
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Baking, Cooking, Processing and Pickling Produce from Your Farm Kitchen
This 3-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides key points about what can be produced and marketed from the farm kitchen plus the state statute.
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Farmers' Markets
This 3-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides key points about marketing at farmers' markets and includes the state statute.
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Processing Jams, Jellies and Acidified Foods in the Farm Kitchen
This 4-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides key points and the statute about processing foods in the farm kitchen.
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Farm to Consumer Resources
This 8-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides guidance on the resources and state authorities that are available to help farmers produce and market products.
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Plan of Conservation and Development
This 6-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides the state statute and key points about creating a Plan of Conservation and Development that's friendly to agriculture.
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Zoning Regulations
This 5-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides state statute and key points about Zoning Regulations and what farmers need to know.
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Resources to Help you Advocate for Agriculture in Your Local Community
This 6-page resources fact sheet provides detailed information on Federal Agencies, State Agencies, Educational Resources, Publications and other Organizations who can help farmers with key information and provide informational support for advocating for agriculture in local communities.
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Farm Building Tax Exemption--a Municipal Option
This 3-page fact sheet from CFBA's Local Advocacy Tool Kit provides state statute and key points about the Municipal Option of Farm Building Tax Exemption.
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FDA's Fact Sheet: Revised Proposed Rules and Guidance for Comment by 12/15/14
This fact sheet provides details on the revised proposed FDA regulations on Food Safety Modernization Act. Comments are due on these proposed regs to FDA by 12/15/14
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FDA Fact Sheet: Proposed changes to Produce Safety Rule re: water, manure, definition of farm
Review this fact sheet to understand the FDA proposed revisions to the Produce Safety Rule
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FDA Fact Sheet: Proposed rules on Preventive Controls for Animal Food
This FDA fact sheet outlines the revised proposed regulations on Animal Food.
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FDA's Proposed Microbial Standards for Water under FSMA
This flow chart outlines the revised proposed standards for water testing under FSMA.
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Farm to Grocery Store: Is it the right market for your farm?
A publication of Connecticut Farm Bureau for fruit and vegetable producers, this provides a concise summary issues and opportunities related to marketing Connecticut-grown produce wholesale to grocery stores.
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Grocery stores in Connecticut
This listing of grocery stores in Connecticut by county may be helpful to producers interested in selling to local grocery outlets.
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New Farmer "Bucket List": Key Resources for New and Beginning Farms in CT
If you're a new and beginning farmer, this is the ultimate checklist of resources that will make your life easier to help get you started.
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For Students: Advocating for Connecticut Agriculture in Local Communities
Created as a supplement for AgriScience students, this abridged version of the tool kit, Advocating for Connecticut Agriculture in Local Communities, highlights key concepts farm advocates should know.
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Acidified Foods Record Keeping Prototype
A sample document used for recording keeping with processing acidified foods and jellies

Acidified Foods Sample Recordkeeping Document
sample document to track recordkeeping for processing acidified foods and jellies.
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Overivew of Acidified Food Processing
Guidance on processing acidified foods and jellies from UCONN Extension services.
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Sanitary Guidance for Farm Kitchen Processing
Advice on keeping a clean kitchen and implementing a sanitary process for acidifying foods.
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Resources for Acidified Food Processing
Detailed list of a wide range of resources available to farmers who are interested in processing their produce.
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All Hazards Preparedness for Rural Communities
Detailed information on preparing for man-made, biological, technological and natural emergencies in rural communities.
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ReadyAg Guide
helps farm owners plan for and manage disasters that occur during operation with specific sections tailored to different types of farms.
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Emergency Contacts for Connecticut Farmers
Complete and keep copies of these important phone numbers in your home, farm buildings and in your farm vehicles so you have access to them in time of emergency.
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Processing Acidified Foods in the Farm Kitchen Workshop April 20
This day-long workshop hosted by CFBA will clarify the confusing web of regulations, laws and guidelines related to processing acidified foods in the farm kitchen for market. April 20
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Profiting from Planning: The Business of Farming Conference Brochure
Download this pdf of the brochure for the upcoming March 23rd CFBA Conference
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Food Checkout Week: How Much Should I Eat?
Use the USDA's MyPlate to guide you on eating right every day
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Tips for Better Nutrition on a Tight Budget
This guide provides consumers simple guidance on how to make a plan and shop smart.
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Understanding what MyPlate means
Learn how to use the USDA's MyPlate to guide grocery shopping and healthier eating for you and your family
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2013 One-on-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals
This brochure gives all the details on the 2013 One-on-One Consultation Sessions with Agricultural Professionals Coordinated by University of Connecticut in coopertion with the Connecticut Dept. of Agriculture and the USDA Risk Management Agency as part of the Targeted States Crop Insurance Education and Information Program for Connecticut Agriculture
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Guidelines for Livestock Producers as Flood Waters Recede.
Guidelines for Livestock Producers as Flood Waters Recede provided by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.
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Advertising Specs: CFBA's FROM THE FARM
Advertise in CFBA's FROM THE FARM This provides all the production specifications, ad sizes, and special positions. for CFBA's news magazine, published six times each year. Please contact 860-768-1103 for rates and deadlines. (CFBA Members receive special discounted rates.)
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Survey on Advocacy for Farmers in Local Communities
Download this survey, please, to assist Farm Bureau and the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation in determining farmers' needs. Or click on VIEW to complete the survey online. This survey supports an Agriculture Viability Grant project funded by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Farm producers' input is vital in helping us create a "toolbox" of information to provide farmers the step-by-step information they need to advocate for farm businesses in their local communities. Thank you for taking the time to complete this quick survey.
 
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A Proposal for Growing Connecticut Farms, Food & Jobs
A White Paper Prepared by the Farms, Food & Jobs Working Group December 2011
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Community Investment Act: 600 Success Stories Exhibit at the Capitol
The Community Investment Act in six short years has yielded great success. with more than 600 projects funded by $56 million in grants throughout the state in 148 towns. From these projects, 40 succes stories make up an exhibit which will be kicked off with a press conference with Senator Don Williams in Room 1C on Tuesday April 19 at 11 a.m. Visit the Concourse at the Capitol April 18-28 to enjoy this celebration benefitting agriculture, plus dairy, open space and land preservation, affordable housing, and historic preservation.
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Form M-30 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Open Space
State of Connecticut Form M-30 (Rev. 2014) PA 490--Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Open space
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State of CT Form M-29 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Farm Land (Rev. 2014)
State of Connecticut Form M-29 (Rev. 2014) PA 490--Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Farm Land
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Towns with PA 490 Open Space Classification
A listing of Connecticut towns which offer Open Space Classification under PA 490
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State of CT Form M-39 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Forest Land
State of Connecticut Form M-39 (Rev. 08/14) PA 490--Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Forest Land
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State of CT Form M-30A Application to the Assessor for Exemption of Open Space Land Owned by a Tax Exempt Organization
State of Connecticut Form M-30A (Rev. 9/02) PA 490--Application to the Assessor for Exemption of Open Space Land Owned by a Tax-Exempt Organization
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State of CT Form M-66 Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Maritime Heritage Land
State of Connecticut Form M-66 (Rev. 9/08) PA 490--Application to the Assessor for Classification of Land as Maritime Heritage Land
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State of CT Form DEP-F-490 Annual Report to the State Forester
State of Connecticut Form DEP-F-490 (Rev. 5/1/2010) Annual Report to State Forester
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CT DEP Regulations on PA 490 Forest Land
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Regulations on PA 490 Forest Land
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Economic Impacts of Connecticut's Agricultural Industry
Download a copy of this important report by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in Cooperation with the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis. Published in September 2010, the purpose of this study is to ascertain and document the significance of agriculture and related industries to Connecticut's economy.
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Agriculture in Connecticut 2007-2008
Published in April 2010. Rigoberto Lopez and Christopher Jeffords of UCONN'sDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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