CFBA 2nd Annual Conference: Planning & Zoning Issues

Date: 3/31/2011
Time: 8:00 AM
Online registration extended until Tuesday, March 29, or call 860-768-1100
Thursday, March 31, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Maneeley's, 65 Rye St., South Windsor
860 528-6622

According to a 2010 UCONN study, "Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry," in 2007 Connecticut agriculture contributed $3.5 billion dollars to the state’s economy and generated approximately 20,000 jobs statewide. The face of Connecticut agriculture is evolving and diversifying to meet the ever growing demand for locally grown products.
Municipal plans of conservation and development, implemented through local planning and zoning regulations, are the foundation upon which land use is regulated in Connecticut. The nature of farming is unique. Connecticut farms are family owned, often multi-generational, and routinely cross municipal boundaries. Providing a favorable local regulatory climate in which farms can continue to diversify and prosper is critical to Connecticut, and agriculture as a whole.
This all-day program is designed to provide farmers with an overview of the fundamentals of planning and zoning regulations and effective strategies for working with planning and zoning commissions. Municipal leaders and planners will learn about what initiatives communities can adopt to support local agriculture. Farmers will learn how to work with municipal leaders to adopt local tax reduction programs, agricultural commissions, right to farm ordinances and more.
Fee:  $45 for CFBA Members, $60 for Non-Members
Program - Thursday, March 31, 2011
8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 - 8:35 AM Welcome Don Tuller, President, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

8:35 - 9:05 AM Managing Risk with Crop Insurance and Introduction of New UCONN   Agriculture Business Guide Joseph Bonelli, Associate Extension Educator, UCONN

9:05 - 9:45 AM Connecticut Agricultural Statutes Steven Reviczky, Commissioner, CT Department of Agriculture and Livestock Issues and Considerations  Dr. Bruce Sherman, Director Bureau of Regulations and Inspection, CT Department of Agriculture
9:45 - 10:25 AM Overview of Land Use Regulation in Connecticut and Its Applicability to Agriculture Attorney Richard Roberts, Halloran & Sage, LLP
10:25 - 10:40 AM Break
10:40 - 11:20 AM Do I Need Zoning Approval for My Farming Operation? Attorney Douglas Dubitsky
11:20 - 12:00 PM Farmland ConneCTions - The Challenge of Finding Farmland Ben Bowell, New England Field Representative, American Farmland Trust
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch (included with conference fee)
1:00 - 1:20 PM Incorporating Agriculture into Your Plans of Conservation and Development Philip Chester , Town Planner, Town of Lebanon
1:20 - 2:00 PM Supporting Local Agriculture Through Optional Tax Reduction Programs Cathy Osten, First Selectman, Town of Sprague and Diane Miller, Fairvue Farm, Woodstock, CT
2:00 - 2:40 PM Agricultural Commissions Steve Damon, Board Director, Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions Peter Westover, Consultant, Agricultural Commissions Massachusetts Jennifer Kaufman, Director, AGvocate program
2:40 - 3:10 PM Municipal Right to Farm Ordinances Christopher Bourque, Birch Pond Farm, Colchester, CT
3:10 - 3:30 PM Creating Agriculturally Friendly Zoning Regulations Joan Nichols, Government Relations Specialist, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
For Questions or More Information Joan Nichols 860-768-1100
Connecticut Chapter, American Planning Association. This program is eligible for self-reporting CM credits.
This program is a cooperative effort of USDA Risk Management Agency, UCONN Cooperative Extension System and Connecticut Farm Bureau Association.
CFBA thanks its supporting sponsors: 
FarmCredit East             The Farmer's Cow        
 CME Associates          Halloran & Sage
This information is part of the Connecticut Crop Insurance Education and Information Project, a cooperative effort of the USDA Risk Management Agency, University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. An equal opportunity employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, Stop Code 9410, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-6410, or call (202) 720-5964. If requested by a program participant at least 72 hours in advance, every effort will be made to provide special accommodations.
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