Advocating for Connecticut Agriculture in Local Communities – A Tool Kit for Connecticut Farmers

The increase in consumer demand for locally produced food and products, along with concern for food security, provides an opportunity for Connecticut farmers. Producing quality farm products is just part of the challenge. Farmers must also advocate in their communities for regulations, ordinances and tax reduction programs that help promote agricultural sustainability. The following fact sheets can be viewed and/or downloaded to provide farmers with the resources and information they need to advocate for local agriculture in their communities.

Agricultural Commissions

Agricultural Commissions

Agricultural Commissions – Model Ordinance

Laws and Ordinances

Connecticut’s Definition of Agriculture and Farming

Connecticut’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act

Connecticut’s Right to Farm Law

Local Right to Farm Ordinances

Model Right to Farm Ordinance

Tax Programs

Tax Reduction Programs for Connecticut Farmers – A Summary

$100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery

Additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery – A Municipal Option

Model Ordinance for Additional $100,000 Exemption for Farm Machinery

Farm Building Tax Exemption – A Municipal Option

Model Ordinance for Farm Building Exemption

Listing of Towns that Offer the Farm Building Exemption

Property Tax Abatement – A Municipal Option

Model Ordinance for Farm Property Tax Abatement

Property Tax Exemptions

Farm to Market

Baking, Cooking, Processing and Pickling Produce from Your Farm Kitchen

Farmers’ Markets

Processing Jams, Jellies and Acidified Foods in the Farm Kitchen

Farm to Consumer Resources

Municipal Regulations

Plan of Conservation and Development


Zoning Regulations