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Connecticut State Office

State Executive Director

Emily J. Cole, PhD

Emily J. Cole, PhD

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State Office Address

344 Merrow Road
Suite B
Tolland, CT 06084-3917
(860) 871-4090
(855) 934-2463

Welcome to the Farm Service Agency

The Connecticut division of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farmers a variety of assistance through farm programs, farm loans and ad hoc disaster programs. Our employees work with farmers daily to identify assistance we can provide for their specific operations. We've been serving farmers since 1935 and we're always looking for opportunities to strengthen Connecticut's agricultural community.

To learn about what we can do for you, contact your local county office. Contact information can be found through the USDA service center locator.

Updates and Information

Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program

USDA’s Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) helps to cover certification and education expenses for agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic. Certified operations and transitional operations may apply for OTECP for eligible expenses paid during the 2020 and 2021 program years and the program will continue into 2022. Eligible expenses include certification expenses, registration fees for educational events and soil testing as required by the National Organic Program.

Signup for OTECP for 2020 and 2021 is Nov. 8, 2021 through Jan. 7, 2022. Learn more at farmers.gov/otecp.

2021 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway

USDA began mailing ballots the week of Nov. 1 for FSA county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA).

To be counted, producers and landowners must return ballots to the local FSA county office or have postmarked by Dec. 6, 2021. County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. For more information on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.

USDA Provides $1.8 Billion to Offset Market Fluctuations

Agricultural producers who enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2020 crop year are receiving $1.8 billion, providing critical support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops.

FSA is also encouraging producers to contact their local USDA Service Centers to make or change elections and to enroll for 2022, providing future protections against market fluctuations. The election and enrollment period opened on Oct. 18, 2021 and runs through March 15, 2022.

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

USDA Service Centers in Connecticut will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. In the event a Service Center is not currently available to serve customers on location, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill provides support, certainty, and stability to our nation's farmers, ranchers, and forest managers by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation.

To learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill visit famers.gov/farmbill or read the Farmers' Guide to Farm Bill Programs brochure.

GovDelivery - Instant Electronic Bulletins

GovDelivery is a free email service that enables FSA County Offices to send you bulletins, deadline reminders and newsletters instantly. Sign up now to receive information faster and reduce printing and mailing costs. Sign up now

FSA Connecticut State Office Operations

The FSA State Committee in Connecticut meets the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Meetings are typically held at the state office on Merrow Road in Tolland. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please confirm with the state office at 860-871-4090.

State Committee Members
Chair: Vacant
Member: Susan G. Pronovost
Other Members Vacant

State Office Staff
State Executive Director: Dr. Emily Cole
Administrative Officer: Jule Dybdahl
District Director: Nathan Wilson
Program Specialist: Sarah Fournier
Program Specialist: Rebecca Palmer
Administrative Specialist: Claire Vaterlaus-Staby
Farm Loan Chief: Eric Bodzinski

Office Hours
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.