Senator Fasano Co-Chairs Forum On Growing Connecticut ‘s Farm Economy

December 19, 2005

Senator Len Fasano, R- North Haven, today co-chaired an informational forum at the Legislative Office Building at which legislators, agricultural experts and farmers shared ideas and developed strategies for creating new and expanding existing markets for Connecticut ‘s farm-grown products.

“I was very proud to have had a hand in passing comprehensive farmland preservation legislation earlier this year. This forum begins the second phase of our ongoing efforts to help Connecticut ‘s farmers and, at the same time, make sure that state residents know the quality of Connecticut-grown products, and how to find them” said Senator Fasano.

Senator Fasano co-chaired today’s forum, “Growing Connecticut ‘s Farm Economy, Connecting Farms, Food & Communities ” with Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams. As the Senate Ranking Member of the legislature’s Planning & Development Committee, and someone who is interested in farming issues, Senator Fasano played a leading role in developing the farmland preservation legislation (SB 410, PA 05-228) passed by the General Assembly this year.

“We took the first, very important, step by passing the farmland preservation bill. Now, we have to make sure that we do the right things to create and sustain a healthy market for everything that our farms grow. Among other things, that means looking into the best ways to advertise, the best ways to create new markets and expand existing markets, the best ways to grow and sustain farmers’ markets. Today’s forum was a learning experience for all of us, and I believe, another important step toward preserving Connecticut ‘s farms for many generations to come,” said Senator Fasano.