Left to right: Bonnie Burr, head, Department of Extension; Mike O’Neill, associate dean; Jiff Martin, associate extension educator; and Greg Weidemann, dean
The UConn Extension Agriculture Team was the recipient of the Farmland Preservation Pathfinder Education Leader Award at the Working Lands Alliance Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 18, at the State Capitol in Hartford. The award recognizes significant contributions in the area of educating the public about the importance of farmland preservation.
Through the work of the Agriculture team, UConn Extension has advanced farmland preservation in Connecticut by assisting farmers with economic viability, leadership in the agriculture field, advocacy for agriculture, planning and educational programs. Without economically viable businesses, it would be impossible for farmers in Connecticut to remain in business. UConn Extension Agriculture team programs give farmers the tools they need to enhance their agricultural businesses, playing a direct role in the success of the industry and farmland preservation. Farmers we work with include those who have already preserved their farmland and those considering it as an option.
Agriculture team members serve the efforts of farmland preservation in a variety of methods. Programs include Scaling Up for Beginning Farmers, Farmland ConneCTions, Buy 10% Local, Connecticut Food System Alliance, Agriculture Risk Management, Crop Insurance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Food Safety, Agriculture Nutrient Management and more.
Through its team approach to agriculture outreach and education, UConn Extension has created a vibrant network of professionals to meet the needs of our state’s versatile agricultural industry. For the past 100 years, UConn Extension has been tying research to real life for Connecticut farmers and agricultural producers. Efforts have had a direct impact on farm viability and preservation in Connecticut.
Agricultue Team members are Joe Bonelli (team leader), Leslie Alexander, Joan Allen, Sheila Andrew, Sarah Bailey, Candace Bartholomew, Jude Boucher, Boris Bravo-Ureta, Sandra Bushmich, Anoushka Concepcion, Mary Concklin, Dennis D’Amico, Michael Darre, Sal Frasca Jr., Tessa Getchis, Diane Wright Hirsch, Mazhar Khan, Jiff Martin, Richard McAvoy, Joyce Meader, Richard Meinert, Jenifer Nadeau, Dawn Pettinelli, Leanne Pundt, Carol Quish, Rosa Raudales, Guillermo Risatti, Carl Salsedo, Joan Smyth, Deborah Tyser, Paulo Verardi, Vickie Wallace, Ben Campbell, Alejandro Chiriboga, German Cutz, Ana Legrand, Donna Ellis, Jason Henderson, Jude Hsiang, John Inguagiato, Jessica Lubell, Steve Rackliffe, Tom Meyer, Deborah Lee, Deb Prior and Stacey Stearns (program coordinator).