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Agriculture in Connecticut is a diverse $3.5 billion industry. UConn Extension provides relevant and timely resources to address the complex issues of this industry for food producers, stakeholders and others who need information.

Agriculture & Food Systems Programs:

UConn Extension provides producers and consumers with creative, innovative, timely and objective scientific research and education to enhance the food production and safety practices in the state while satisfying food and fiber needs. Our programs focused on enhancing Connecitcut agriculture include: fruit and vegetable productionsustainable foodsnew farms and farmersConnecticut’s 10% Campaign, food safety, animal production, and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

Connecticut Sea Grant works toward achieving healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits by supporting integrated locally and nationally relevant research, outreach and education programs in partnership with stakeholders. Seafood Safety and Shellfish Management are two of our aquaculture programs.

UConn Extension meets the demands of Connecticut’s diverse agricultural industry through several programs. The Farm Risk Management program provides information to improve financial management and reduce risk. The Food Marketing Policy Center conducts research on food and agricultural marketing and related policy question.

Lawn & Garden
The Home and Garden Education Center, our Master Gardener’s and the soil and plant labs at UConn all work together to provide Connecticut citizens and commercial growers with environmentally sustainable answers to horticultural-related queries. Programs are also offered in sustainable landscapes, turfgrass and landscape architecture.



Farm Energy Videos


2015 Price Study of CSAs in Connecticut

Garden Box Assembly Instructions

Safe Gardening Fact Sheet

 Pledge to go 10% Local with the Live Local! App

Contacts: Food Systems Team

Joan Allen Plant Diagnostics 860-486-6740
Sheila Andrew Dairy Specialist 860-486-0803
Sarah Bailey State Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Jr. Master Gardener/Youth Gardening
Nancy Balcom Sea Grant, Aquatic Invasive Species 860-405-9107
Candace Bartholomew Pesticide Safety Education 860-570-9067
Joseph Bonelli Business Planning 860-870-6935
John Bovay Food and Agriculture Economics 860-486-2826
Boris Bravo-Ureta Production Economics 860-486-1918
Sandra Bushmich CT Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab 860-486-0846
Anoushka Concepcion Aquaculture, Seaweed 860-405-9105
Mary Concklin Commercial Fruit Crops 860-486-6449
German Cutz Urban Agriculture 203-207-3267
Dennis D'Amico Dairy Foods 860-486-0567
Michael Darre Poultry Specialist 860-486-1008
Salvatore Frasca Jr. Pathobiology 860-486-1138
Tessa Getchis Aquaculture, Shellfish Management 860-405-9104
Angie Harris Agricultural Water Security 860-486-7176
Diane Wright Hirsch Food Safety 203-407-3163
Mazhar Khan Pathobiology 860-486-0228
Jiff Martin Food Systems 860-870-6932
Joyce Meader Dairy/Livestock Business Management 860-774-9600
Richard Meinert Dairy Nutrient Management, Farm Management 860-626-6240
Jenifer Nadeau Equine Specialist 860-486-4471
Dawn Pettinelli Soil Science 860-486-4274
Leanne Pundt Commercial Greenhouse Production 860-626-6240
Carol Quish Consumer Horticulture 860-486-6271
Rosa Raudales Greenhouse IPM 860-486-6043
Guillermo Risatti Pathobiology 860-486-6150
Carl Salsedo Sustainable Landscapes 860-570-9060
Joan Smyth Pathobiology 860-486-0820
Stacey Stearns Program Specialist 860-486-9228
Deborah Tyser Soil Science 860-486-4274
Paulo Verardi Pathobiology 860-486-3420
Victoria Wallace Commercial Landscape/Turf 860-885-2826
UConn Extension
University of Connecticut,
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036
Phone: 860-486-9228
Fax: 860-486-0264