Part of the mission of Connecticut Farm Bureau is education. The key to building support for agriculture is to inform our marketplace and our elected representatives about the role and importance of agriculture.
For farmers around the state, CFBA and county Farm Bureaus seek to offer the support and access to information needed to be operate better farm businesses.
Recent valuable conferences and programs created by CFBA have included:
- What every Agricultural Producer Needs to Know. More than 150 Farm Bureau members and municipal land use/wetlands agents gathered to hear federal and state specialists on topics such as the Connecticut Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act,, Agricultural Waste Management, PA490 and the Clean Water Act.
- Profiting from Planning: The Business of Farming. Covering from writing the farm business plan to obtaining financing, insurance considerations and using data and demographics to market your product.
- Processing Farm Products for Profit. Ranging from regulatory guidelines to product-specific guidelines to take advantage of new farm to market demand.
- Emergency Planning for Agriculture. How to create a disaster plan for your farm or farm business.
- Safe Food Handling Courses
- Responding to Farm Vehicle Accidents. An American Farm Bureau award-winning program hosted by Hartford County Farm Bureau for emergency responders.
- Public Act 490. Ongoing programs are offered to help farmers and landowners take advantage of Connecticut's land use value assessment law.
Look on our Resources pages for copies of many of the valuable resources presented at these programs.
Personal one-on-one assistance is available to Farm Bureau members with just a phone call to Joan Nichols, Director of Member Support and Community Outreach. Guidance on everything from how to get started as a new farmer to challenging a tax assessment to qualifying for farm vehicle plates--this is an important educational and support service for our members.
The county Farm Bureaus, Women's Committee and Young Farmer's Committee all host events throughout the year to inform Connecticut consumers about farm life and local foods and products, and to help fellow Farm Bureau members learn about progressive farming and marketing practices. Most county Farm Bureaus also supports scholarships for college students continuing educational pursuits in agriculture.