Farmers and sea level rise

Farmer, Kevin Blacker, submitted an op-ed to The Day, about the opportunities and challenges in sea level rise preparations for farmers in the state: Fortify against sea rise and benefit farms.

Kevin joined us this summer at our drought preparedness workshop at the Middlesex County Extension Office, and we are grateful for his continued engagement with agricultural water issues in the state.

Additionally, on October 19, 2017, UConn’s Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) hosted a webinar on sea level rise projections for the state and policy and planning implications. The recording is now available.

Drought Listening Session

Senator Chapin, UConn, NRCS and CT Farm Bureau hosted a listening session for agricultural producers to share experiences of drought and water quantity concerns in recent years and to offer input for planning and preparing for future drought events on November 15, 2016 at the Capitol.

Notes and presentation slides will be posted here shortly.

Agricultural producers at listening session

Gardeners, plant before the rain!

Spring is here and it is a beautiful time to plant your gardens with vegetables and flowers. Planning to sow your seeds or transplanting before the rain is expected to fall is a great way to ensure germination, soil moisture and successful establishment. It also saves a lot of time, energy and water.

This year, watch the weather forecast and see if you can modify your plans to take advantage of natural irrigation.

For more tips for successful planting, read what Rodale’s Organic Life has to say.