CT restores $1.4M in previously cut farm aid

BY Joe Cooper

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
Oakridge Dairy Farm in Ellington.
The state is restoring $1.4 million in aid to Connecticut's dairy farmers after cutting the funding during the passage of the biennial state budget last fall, the governor announced.

Through administrative authority, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement he restored the remainder of the funding originally earmarked for the state's Agriculture Sustainability Account by making reductions in "other areas." The reductions were not specified.

A budget adjustment signed into law earlier this month restored a portion of the funding in fiscal year 2019. Malloy's action this week fully restored funding for 2018.

The governor said it's crucial that the state partners with dairy farmers to meet the challenges of "volatile" milk prices and high production costs.

Founded under the Community Investment Act of 2005, the sustainability account provides funding to dairy farmers to offset increased milk prices and stabilize the dairy market.