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RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council

The RiverCOG Regional Agriculture Council (RAC) is the first of its kind in Connecticut. The RAC is comprised of a representative from each of the region’s municipalities and pursues the objectives of supporting farming in the 17 municipalities and promotion of agriculture-friendly land use and municipal policies. Goals of the RAC include:

  • Serving as an information and education conduit between farmers, municipal boards and commissions, elected officials, nonprofit agencies, and civic organizations
  • Providing guidance and review of municipal land use regulations related to agriculture
  • Providing guidance and information regarding agriculturally related tax programs and policies
  • Assisting with conflict resolution of agriculturally related issues
  • Identifying economic opportunities for towns and farmers

The Regional Agriculture Council recently launched a website entitled “Know Your Farmers”, which promotes farms in the lower Connecticut River valley region. At present, about 50 farms are included. We are actively soliciting those who aren’t a part of the promotional site to join in. If you have a suggestion for a farm to include please contact us.

The RAC meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, 145 Dennison Road, Essex, CT.

Current members of the River COG Regional Agriculture Council

As of August 1, 2019:

Chester
Bev Tarpill

Clinton
Richard Martin

Cromwell
John Whitney

Deep River
Ron Larson

Durham
Warren Herzig

East Haddam
Erin Smith

East Hampton
Vacancy

Essex
Vacancy

Haddam
John Halfinger

Killingworth
Walter Adametz (Chairman)

Lyme
Bill Farrell

Middlefield
Vacancy

Middletown
Rebecca Issacson

Old Lyme
Baylee Rose Drown

Old Saybrook
Kristy Benson

Portland
Alan Fenrow

Westbrook
Vacancy

For information on the Agriculture Council, contact Janice Ehlemeyer at (860) 581-8554, or email jehlemeyer@rivercog.org

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