College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research

Farm-friendly Plans & Regulations Webinar

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Farm-friendly Plans & Regulations

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According to a 2010 UCONN study, in 2007 Connecticut agriculture contributed $3.5 billion dollars to the state's economy and 20,000 jobs statewide. Agriculture is growing and diversifying in Connecticut to meet the demand for locally grown food and farm products. Agriculture is a unique land use that often does not fit into the mold of most land use regulations. It is important that municipalities understand the unique characteristics of agriculture so that regulations are written that allow for sustainability of local agriculture. This one hour webinar will highlight key points community leaders and planners should consider when drafting "farm-friendly" regulations and what steps communities should take to insure that the needs of the farming and non-farming community are addressed. 

Running Time: 00:53:17

Instructors:

Joan Nichols, Government Relations Specialist, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association

Joan's Bio

Specializing in all aspects of land use as relates to agriculture including but not limited to: planning and zoning regulations; inland wetlands regulations; Plans of Conservation and Development, Right to Farm law and local Right to Farm ordinances; and agricultural commissions.

Specializing in all tax programs related to agriculture including but not limited to: PA 490; state agricultural tax exemption programs; optional tax reduction                                    programs adopted through municipal ordinance; and fuel taxes and road taxes.

Additional: DMV and DOT laws as relates to operation of motor vehicles for agricultural usage; farm plates; and farm labor laws.

Advocacy: Advocate for individual agricultural producers on various issues that affect their farming operation; and advocate on local and state level for sustainability of Connecticut agriculture.