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Agriculture continues to be a significant industry in Connecticut by adding $4.8 billion to the economy each year. At least 60 percent of the state is farmland, forest and open space, providing an important natural resource, which enhances the environment.

The Constitution State shows off its green thumb with its leading commodities of nursery and greenhouse products. These top products – including ornamental shrubs, flowers, bedding plants, Christmas trees and more – account for 45 percent of the state’s farm receipts. Aquaculture plays a vital role as well thanks to the 70,000 acres of shellfish farms harvesting 450,000 bushels of hard clams and 200,000 bushels of oysters each year. Additional leading products include dairy, chicken eggs, tobacco, fruits and among others.

Local Farm Families Advance with High-Tech Dairy Robots

Connecticut farmers improve efficiencies with eye-opening gadgets and utilize dairy robots to find success in the ag industry.

Spike in Connecticut Breweries Drives Local Hops Production

Connecticut breweries are on the rise, increasing local hops production and benefitting the state's ag community.

Connecticut Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

5,977

Farmers Markets

157

Economic Impact

$3.5B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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