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January 24, 2012 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments
The AGvocate Program is part of the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., that was begun in 2009.   Funded through CT Department of Agriculture Farm Viability Grants, it provides a forum for municipal officials, agricultural producers and other stakeholders to strengthen the farm-friendliness of Connecticut towns.

The AGvocate Program is part of the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., that was begun in 2009. Funded through CT Department of Agriculture Farm Viability Grants, it provides a forum for municipal officials, agricultural producers and other stakeholders to strengthen the farm-friendliness of Connecticut towns.

Gather information and share resources at a conference for Agriculture Commissions hosted by the AGvocate Program on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at EastConn in Hampton, CT.  The public is welcome to attend.

The conference cost is $15 and includes a farm-to-table lunch.

Topics will include –

  • welcome from CT Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Reviczky;
  • update on new Farm Bill, by Congressman Joe Courtney;
  • new programs and initiatives you need to know about;
  • getting results from your agriculture commission;
  • assessing the market channel best suited for your farm profitability;
  • connecting farmers to farmland;
  • updates from Agriculture Commissions;
  • resources for Agriculture Commissions (helping farmers find the answers they need);
  • and food systems (helping your town consider agriculture in everything it does).

The AGvocate Program

The AGvocate Program is part of the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., that was begun in 2009.

Funded through CT Department of Agriculture Farm Viability Grants, it provides a forum for municipal officials, agricultural producers and other stakeholders to strengthen the farm-friendliness of Connecticut towns.

For more information about the AGvocate Program or to register for the conference, contact Jennifer Kaufman, AGvocate Program Director at 860-450-6007, or via email at AGvocate@yahoo.com or visit the Web site at www.AgInfoTLGV.org/AGvocate

Since its inception, 14 towns in Northeast Connecticut have been working with the AGvocate Program. AGvocate Towns include: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Franklin, Hampton, Killingly, Pomfret, Sterling, Thompson, Scotland, Windham, and Woodstock. Municipalities interested in participating in the AGvocate Program should contact Jennifer Kaufman.

AGvocate Steering Committee

Lois Bruinooge, Deputy Executive Director, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV); John Guszkowski, President, Eastern CT RC&D; Rick Hermonot, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm & Farm and Business Consultant, First Pioneer Credit; Jennifer Kaufman, AGvocate (Staff) ; Kevin Kennedy, Director of Planning, Town of Thompson; Joyce Meader, Dairy /Livestock Educator, UConn Cooperative Extension; Leah Mayor, American Farmland Trust; Dawn Pindell, Executive Director, Windham County Farm Service Agency; Norma O’Leary, Chair, TLGV Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee.

Posted Jan. 24, 2012

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