Murphy announces new federal funding for CT farmers

Hartford Business Journal

U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy is encouraging Connecticut's beginning and aspiring farmers to apply for assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new $5.6 billion commitment to serve new farmers. In Connecticut, nearly one-third of farms are considered "beginning farms" and are operated by individuals with less than 10 years of farming experience.

"Connecticut's farmers contribute a whopping $2 billion to the state's economy each year. But it can be especially challenging for beginning farmers to get their businesses running. As I've toured farms throughout the state, I hear the same thing: access to money and training can be hard to come by," said Murphy. "The bottom line is that Connecticut's new farmers need our help. The USDA's new $5.6 billion commitment can help them get the tools they need to break into our state's booming agricultural industry."

In addition to the USDA's $5.6 billion commitment, the Department also announced the launch of a new website designed to connect farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get their businesses started. The site features advice and guidance – from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan, to filing taxes. Farmers can also use the site's Discovery Tool to build a personalized set of recommendations of programs and services that may meet their needs.