|PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH, FARM ANIMALS AND YOUR FARM DURING TOURS, ANIMAL EXHIBITIONS IS FOCUS OF AUG. 24 CONFERENCE|
| ||An outbreak of E. coli that sickened dozens of people who attended a recent open house at a Connecticut farm spotlights the serious human health risks that can be associated with agritourism events that include contact between people and farm animals.
|ANDERSON FAMILY PRESERVES THEIR FARM, AND A WAY OF LIFE, IN PORTLAND|
| ||PORTLAND - Perched on a high bank above a stretch of the Connecticut River where Native Americans grew crops 1,000 years ago, what is now known as Anderson Farm contains some of the richest and most fertile soils in the state.|
|HORSES SEIZED FROM EAST HAMPTON BREEDER GO TO NEW HOMES THROUGH DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AUCTION|
| ||NIANTIC - When Army Major Dan Thomas’ career as a military pilot was ended by a severe eye injury suffered in a rocket attack in Afghanistan three years ago, a big part of his psychological recovery came from riding and caring for his horses.|
|WORKED SINCE 1701, OWENECO FARM IN LEBANON FOREVER PRESERVED FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION|
| ||LEBANON - In a town widely regarded as a statewide leader in agricultural production and preservation, Oweneco Farm stands out as a landmark that has been worked by the same family and graced one of the main gateways into town since 1701.|
|FIRST CT HOPS GROWERS WORKSHOP DRAWS DOZENS TO AG EXPERIMENT STATION|
| ||WINDSOR - The newly-formed Connecticut Hops Growers Association (CHGA) held its first workshop and seminar last week, drawing nearly 70 farmers and others interested in raising the increasingly-popular crop that is a key flavor ingredient in brewing craft beer.|
|NEW CONNECTICUT-GROWN LABELING LAW TO BE ENFORCED WITH RANDOM INSPECTIONS AT FARMERS’ MARKETS|
| ||The Department of Agriculture will be performing unannounced inspections at farmers’ markets for compliance with new requirements regarding the sale of produce and products labeled Connecticut Grown.
|CENTURIES-OLD BROOKLYN FARM REVITALIZED, PERMANENTLY PROTECTED FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION|
| ||The history-rich Barrett Hill Farm in Brooklyn last week became the latest Connecticut farm, and the 15th this fiscal year, to be permanently protected under the Dept.of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Program.|