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With the world the way it is, it’s no wonder we spend so much of our time watching television and movies. From sci-fi flicks like Star Trek, to unscripted reality shows like Queer Eye, to comedy dramas like Schitt’s Creek, we are basking in the very best distractions.

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Connecticut U.S. representatives are pushing for a legal clarification that would allow farmers, starting this year, to grow hemp, a non-intoxicating form of cannabis, which has been grouped with marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 drug. 

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On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced a regulatory proposal that would impose stricter work requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and strip states of their ability to make decisions based on local job conditions. The announcement comes after a Republican failure to impose those restrictions within the Farm Bill.

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, can help people in urban centers overcome barriers to fresh foods that are affordable.

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Federal regulatory requirements mandate* that all public media outlets occasionally devote significant airtime to the health and welfare of bees.

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Federal regulatory requirements mandate* that all public media outlets occasionally devote significant air time to the health and welfare of bees.

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Connecticut is seeing an increase in the number of new farmers. The number of start-ups has grown by 15 percent from 2007.

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Connecticut has added the largest dairy farm in the state to its farmland preservation program.

Goats Seized at Cornwall Farm Up for Auction

Jul 24, 2015
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Thirteen goats from a herd which became part of the legislature’s budget discussions are being auctioned off. 

State Acquires Development Rights for North Canaan Farm

Jun 15, 2015
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A 220-acre farm in North Canaan is the latest to be protected under Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program.

A growing number of Americans are buying raw milk. That's milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.

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Last month, Governor Dannel Malloy announced more than $880,327 in state grants for dozens of Connecticut farms. Among the recipients is a farmer in Higganum looking to fill 1,000 logs with many more mushrooms.

Tess Aaronson

Governor Malloy announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow Connecticut to use more than $8 million of federal funding to preserve and protect the state's farms. 

Seaweed And The Sound

May 21, 2013
Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shellfishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith is looking at a long rope covered with slimy, green, wet seaweed. He’s hoisted it high against a deep blue sky above Long Island Sound in the Thimble Islands.

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Since the beginning of the recession, more families are in need of the services provided by food banks. Now this year, add in the effects of the drought that has hit much of the country. A recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture found that nearly 12 percent of Connecticut residents are what is known as "food insecure."

Joining us to talk about the state of food banks in Connecticut is Gloria McAdam. She's the President and CEO of Foodshare, which serves the Greater Hartford region. 

"Jobbing" At State Farmers' Markets

Aug 3, 2012
Coventry Regional Farmers' Market

As the summer growing season nears its peak, farmers’ markets in Connecticut are more popular than ever. Each week, you’ll find at least 130 dotting the landscape. But some folks say not all of the produce is what it’s supposed to be. 

“Free range veal; beef and chevon; eggs and nettles; tomato, steaks, and compost”

Matt Staebner’s chant from his stall at the New Haven farmers’ market is practically poetic as it lists the many items from the family’s fourth generation Blue Slope farm in Franklin.

Where We Live: Spoonful Of Sugar

Aug 16, 2011
Photo by Mykl Roventine (Flickr)

How much sugar do you eat? The U.S.D.A. estimates the average American consumes more than 3,500 pounds of sugar in their lifetime.

Sugar seems to be in or on everything. Cereal, coffee, yogurt, candy, ketchup and of course...soda. It certainly affects our health, and is seen as the main culprit in “epidemics” of obesity and diabetes.

But sugar has also impacted the course of history, changed the fate of empires, and affected millions.