Appendix D: Resources

Resource Focus Training & Education Technical Resources Funding & Grants
American Farmland Trust
(860) 683-4230
Farmland preservation policy and education X X
Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
University of Connecticut
(860) 345-4511
Research on Connecticut's landscape and changes to it X X
Connecticut Ag in the Classroom
Agriculture education X X
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
(877) 855-2237
Production agriculture research and education X X
Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers (CAAO)
Assessing, professional organization X X
Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions
(860) 896-4731
Municipal Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions X X
Connecticut Chapter American Planning Association (CCAPA)
Land use planning, professional organization X X
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)
(203) 498-3000
Statewide association of towns and cities and the voice of local government X X
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
(860) 713-2569
Farmland preservation right-to-farm, grants and other resources X X X
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
(860) 424-3000
Environmental protection and land conservation X X X
Connecticut Environmental Review Team (ERT)
(860) 345-3977
Assist municipalities with review of sites proposed for development or preservation X X X
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
(860) 298-4400
Member association X X
Connecticut Farm Energy Program (CFEP)
(860) 345-3977
Information on energy programs while also providing grant writing assistance to CT farms and rural small businesses X X X
Connecticut Farm Risk Management and Crop Insurance Program
(860) 875-3331
Connecticut Farm Service Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture
(860) 871-2944
Credit, loan, disaster, and a variety of farm commodity programs X X X
Connecticut Farmland Trust
(860) 247-0202
Farmland preservation X X X
Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association
(203) 261-9067
Greenhouse grower trade association X X X
Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D)
USDA/Nonprofit Partnership
(860) 774-0224 x4 or (203) 284-3663
Natural resource based land conservation, economic development, and community sustainability X X
Connecticut Sea Grant
University of Connecticut and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
(860) 405-9128
Aquaculture, estuary protection and restoration X X
Connecticut Office of Policy and Statewide Management
(860) 418-6200
Statewide planning and intergovernmental coordination X X
Conservation Districts of Connecticut
(860) 418-6200
Natural resource conservation and education X X
Farmland Information Center (FIC)
American Farmland Trust and Natural Resources Conservation Service
(800) 370-4879
Clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship X X
Green Valley Institute (GVI)
University of Connecticut & Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor
(860) 486-1215
Education on natural resources and open space preservation, for towns within the Quinebaug-Shetucket corridor X X
Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program (LULA)
(914) 422-4091
Land use training and resources X
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(860) 871-4011
Farmland preservation, natural resources protection, enhancement and restoration X X X
New CT Farmer Alliance
A statewide network of new and emerging farmers and growers from across CT X  
Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
University of Connecticut
(860) 345-5225
Education for municipal officials on land use and natural resource protection X X
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA)
(203) 888-5146
State chapter of organic farming organization X X
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(802) 656-0471
Community grants and farmer resource X
Regional Planning Agencies (RPA) and Regional Councils of Elected Officials
Regional land use planning X
Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
(413) 253-4300
Rural housing, community infrastructure and economic development X X X
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor
(860) 963-7226
Region specific natural resource conservation X X
The Trust for Public Land
(203) 777-7367
Land preservation X X X
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
(203) 777-7367
Federal agency on agriculture, conservation, food and rural development X X X
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
(617) 918-1111
Federal agency on environmental protection X X X
University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System
University of Connecticut and U.S. Department of Agriculture
(860) 486-9228
Outreach education on a wide range of topics, including agriculture and 4-H clubs X X
University of Connecticut’s Geospatial Technology Program
University of Connecticut
(860) 345-5229
Training on GIS and GPS technologies X
Working Lands Alliance
University of Connecticut
(860) 683-4230
Farmland preservation policy X X

Additional training and educational resources are often available from the following industry associations. For additional information about these and additional groups or associations, contact the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Connecticut Agricultural Business Cluster
Connecticut Apple Marketing Board
Connecticut Beekeepers Association
Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association
Connecticut Farm Fresh
Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council
[Web site not available]
Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association
Connecticut Horse Council:
Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association
Connecticut Poultry Association
Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association, Inc.
Nutmeg Rabbit Breeders' Association
Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut