Family farms comprise 99 percent of U.S. farms, accounting for 89 percent of production. Small farms make up 90 percent of farms, operating nearly half of farmland. Still, large family farms accounted for 42 percent of production in 2015. Click below to read this interesting report!
For those in CT who may be thinking a warmer farming climate is more desirable...
A stunning map of all the rivers and streams our nation's farmland depends on....
The future of our farmland and food supply relies on pollinators. We must take action to protect them.
As we say Good-Bye to 2016, we take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of you for your support this year and in years past! Since WLA's inception and with your support, we are making a difference in preserving CT's farmland! Of course we welcome any last-minute donations:
Thank you, Melissa!
‘Tis the season for counting our blessings, and in that spirit, we humbly thank all of you for helping us in our efforts! We certainly couldn’t have done it without your generous support.
As we look ahead to the start of the next legislative session in January, we will once again be focused on protecting crucial funding used to preserve CT farmland and to keep agriculture viable here in the state! Last year, Connecticut’s Senate President dubbed us a ‘model of effective adv...ocacy’ and he encouraged us to continue doing what we have done – to bring focused, thoughtful advocacy to the Capitol and to build on our policy successes.
That is just what we intend to do, and we cannot do so without your continued support.
Renew your membership today and help us protect the thousands of acres of farmland that remain at risk in Connecticut.
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While WLA is busy protecting farmland in CT, our partner American Farmland Trust is busy nationwide! This #GivingTuesday your generosity goes three times as far due to the generosity of some anonymous donors who will match your donation not once, but 3 times! Donate today:
WLA was honored to have American Farmland Trust President John Piotti speak at our Annual Meeting! John's inspirational words about the importance of farmland protection served as a fitting closing to our 16th Annual Meeting!
This year's theme for the WLA Annual Meeting was 'Return on Community Investment', chosen to highlight how a little bit of state funding goes a long way in transforming and enhancing agriculture in CT. Our keynote speaker, Lars Demander, of Clover Nook Farm in Bethany gave an excellent presentation on how he and his family have been able to transform their 8th generation family farm through the use of a CT Farm Reinvestment Grant. A great big THANK YOU to Lars for sharing his story!
WLA also congratulates Senator Kevin Witkos for receiving our 2016 Legislative Leadership Award! Kevin introduced and led the charge on Senate Joint Resolution 36, one of WLA’s priorities for the 2016 session. Passage of SJR 36 is the first step in leading to a constitutional amendment to better protect our state lands, including both our conservation and our agricultural lands, from being sold, traded, or given away without a more transparent public process. WLA Steering Committee member Eric Hammerling, CT Forest and Park Association, presented the award to Kevin.