State Events

Calendar of Events
DateEvent InformationLocation

December

21

Environmental Quality Incentive Program deadline

Contact or visit your local USDA Service Center

www.farmers.gov

January

2

Acreage reporing deadline for honey

Contact or visit your local USDA Service Center

www.farmers.gov

January

7

UConn Extensions Small Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Windsor, CT

Janaury

9 to 11

Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition

Boston, MA

January

15

Acreage reporting deadline for apples, peaches, grapes and fall-seeded small grains.

and Deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP)

Contact or visit your local USDA Service Center

www.farmers.gov

Other Dates to Remember
December 25, 2018 - Christmas DayFSA offices are closed
January 1, 2019 - New Years DayFSA offices are closed

Loan Opportunities for Agriculture
For FSA Youth Loans of up to $5,000, and Farm Ownership and Operating Loans: Contact Ron Clark, Farm Loan Manager at 860.319-8073

SCORE and USDA Partnership


Contact a SCORE mentor. SCORE provides free consulting to help small agriculture and non-agriculture businesses find resources and information to be more successful. Visit: https://www.score.org/usda

Sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication Access

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process, producers doing business as an individual can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient  www.farmers.gov. USDA eAuthentication does not have the mechanism to issue login accounts to businesses, corporations, other entities, or for anyone acting on behalf of another individual or entity. Producers, doing business as an individual, first need to sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication access. 

  • Step 1: Create and online account at www.eauth.usda.gov
  • Step 2: Complete identity verification by either using the online self-service identity verification method or by completing the identity verification in-person at your USDA Service Center.
  • Step 3: Contact your local USDA Service Center to have your new Level 2 account linked with your USDA customer record
  • Step 4:  You’re enrolled and ready to log in

Users with a secure Level 2 eAuthentication ID, linked to their USDA customer record, can apply for select USDA programs, view and print farm maps and farm records data. Enrolling is easy! Visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more.

To locate a service center near you or use online services not requiring eAuthentication access, visit www.farmers.gov. For technical assistance, call the eAuthentication help desk at 1-800-457-3642

Resources:

USDA New Farmers

CT Department of Agriculture

CT Agriculture Business Guide

Find CT Grown

Integrated Pest Management