|OUTSTANDING YOUNG FARMER, CENTURY FARM AND AG JOURNALISM AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT AG DAY AT THE CAPITOL|
| ||Connecticutís agriculture industry grows great crops, including the next generation of farmers.|
|SOLAR PROJECT REDUCES FARMíS ENERGY COSTS,|
| ||LEBANON - A self-sustaining energy supply and a roof over the heads of workers and product in their shipping area are two of the major improvements being brought to Prideís Corner Farms wholesale plant operation by the installation of a solar array that recently went online.
|INAUGURAL ISSUE OF CONNECTICUT GROWN MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE|
| ||An overview of Connecticutís diverse and thriving agricultural industry and its importance to the stateís economy can be found in the newly-published inaugural edition of Connecticut Grown magazine.|
|GOVERNOR, AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER MARK START OF MAPLE SEASON WITH CEREMONIAL TREE-TAPPING|
| ||HEBRON - For a moment, the ceremonial tapping of the seasonís first sugar maple by the Governor almost went a little too well. As soon as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hammered a metal spout into the tree near Wayne Palmerís sugarhouse Tuesday afternoon, sap began flowing down the trunk and onto the snow-covered ground.
|PLANNED HYDROPONIC FARM IN SUFFIELD GETS STATE FINANCIAL BACKING|
| ||A 43-acre indoor hydroponic vegetable farm in Suffield being created by a well-known Connecticut farmer and his partners will receive $3 million in state assistance and is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next two years.|
|FARM, ROADSIDE STAND TO RE-EMERGE THROUGH FARMLINK PARTNERSHIP|
| ||NORTH GRANBY - A well-known vegetable, fruit and livestock farm that has been dormant for several years will be revived this season by the owner and a farmer who formed a partnership through the Dept. of Agricultureís FarmLink program.|
|COUPLE STRETCHING THE GROWING, SELLING SEASON WITH DISTINCTIVE ROOT CROPS|
| ||OLD LYME - Baylee Drown didnít just start offering exotic-sounding Purple Haze carrots, Moneta beets and Hakurei turnips to her customers without giving it some thought.|
|AS MAPLE SEASON NEARS, PRODUCERS MEET TO TAP EXPERTSí ADVICE|
| ||LEBANON - With the start of the maple sugaring season likely only a few weeks away, more than 100 producers gathered last Saturday to discuss ways to improve the quality and quantity of their syrup at a meeting of the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut (MSPAC).|