Sen. Miner Participates in CT Nursery & Landscape Association Press Conference; Ready to Work with Agriculture Industry Leaders for Continued Growth

February 10, 2020

HARTFORD – State Senator Craig Miner (R-30), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee and Co-Chair of the Rural Caucus, spoke in support of Connecticut’s agricultural industry at a press conference organized by the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association on Friday, February 7 at the Legislative Office Building. The purpose of the press conference was to detail the importance of the agriculture industry to the State’s economy. The agriculture industry is composed of businesses that specialize in nursery and retail, landscaping, and related services.

“I’m excited for the fact that this industry continues to grow in Connecticut,” Sen. Miner said. “I’ve been involved with Vo-ag (vocational agriculture) programs across my district and the State, and these are strong feeder systems moving young people towards jobs in all different facets of the industry. Everyone across the industry should know that we are all here and ready to work with you.”

The association shared a study that it completed with the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (UConn CAHNR), which reported on the $4.7 billion economic impact of the agriculture industry to the State. This impact is a growth of 27% from the impact in 2012. The study also concluded that the agriculture industry accounts for 43,000 jobs in the State.

Sen. Miner also joined Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association President Dustyn Nelson, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, State Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-86), and other legislators and officials at the press conference.