This weekend I read a News-Times article about a study done on the state of the state’s agriculture. It’s the second in a series of reports produced by UCONN’s Ag Dept.
So, of course I had to check out the study’s findings directly. Here are just a few interesting highlights:
“Because the agricultural industry purchases goods and services from other industries and hires local labor, its economic impact cascades throughout the state’s economy. Agriculture support services include feed suppliers, veterinary services, equipment manufacturers and repair, and financial services. Farm businesses also support short-term contractual jobs such as in engineering, construction, plumbing, electrical work, and inspection.”
“Connecticut agriculture ranks third in New England in terms of agricultural sales at $551 million in 2007.”
“In sum, the agricultural industry has a critical, significant impact on the economy of Connecticut in output, jobs, and the quality of life: $3.5 billion in output, 20,000 jobs, and significant social benefits and ecosystem services.”
The study just goes to show you how important it is to support our local farmers!