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Lower Connecticut River COG forms agriculture council

The governing board of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (River COG) has voted unanimously to create the state’s first Regional Agriculture Council.

The objective of the council is to support farming in the 17 member municipalities and promote agriculture-friendly land "/#buy__no_prescription" online and municipal policies.

In 2011 Public Act 11-188, (“An Act Authorizing Local and Regional Agricultural Councils and Concerning Consideration of Agriculture in Local Plans of Conservation and Development and Zoning Regulations”) was enacted by the General Assembly. Originally proposed the Connecticut Farm Bureau, this bill encourages formation of commissions or councils to bring agricultural concerns to the forefront of discussions on planning and zoning within municipalities.

While there are about 20 agriculture commissions in municipalities across the state, River COG is the first to establish the regional commission.

"Our region faces many issues related to agricultural development," said Middlesex County Farm Bureau President Walter Adametz, "and it seemed like we could address and resolve some of the bigger concerns of agriculture if we tackle them together rather than try to align 17 different municipal commissions.

“Granted, some communities may vary in their views, but there's a trend toward regionalizing resources of all kinds so this just made sense to try,” he added. “This council seems like the most efficient body to proactively focus on the opportunities for farming in the lower Connecticut river valley.”

The 17 communities represented by River COG include Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Killingworth, Haddam, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

A non-governmental, membership organization serving farm families, the Connecticut Farm Bureau's mission is to advocate for agriculture and find solutions for concerns facing production agriculture throughout Connecticut. More information about its work is available by visiting   cfba.org.

 
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