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2016 CT RC&D Annual Meeting, Holcomb Farm, Granby, CT

2016 CT RC&D Annual Meeting, held at Holcomb Farm in Granby, CT

"Connecticut RC&D champions partnerships and initiatives that sustain our natural and agricultural resources while strengthening our economy"


About RC&D

What is the RC&D Program?

Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was created by a provision of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962. The Secretary of Agriculture gave the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) [formerly the Soil Conservation Service responsibility for administering the program. RC&D is unique because it is led by local volunteer councils that help people care for and protect their natural resources in a way that improves the local economy, environment, and living standards. RC&D is a way for people to work together to plan and carry out activities that will make their area a better place in which to live.RC&D is based on a number of concepts that make it a truly unique government program. These concepts include:

  • The value of public/private partnerships in making the best use of limited resources.
  • The value of grassroots involvement in making decisions about local areas.
  • Bringing USDA agencies together to focus on the same problems and opportunities.
  • Leveraging limited federal dollars with private funds to accomplish goals.
  • Working toward the goal of community sustainability.
  • Achieving a balance between rural economic development and natural resource protection.

The Secretary of Agriculture authorized the first ten RC&D areas in 1964. Presently, there are 375 authorized areas in the country. Interest in creating the Eastern Connecticut RC&D Area first started after an organizational meeting called by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources on August 22, 1965. Broad support for the RC&D area was evident by the letters of endorsement received from many organizations – both public and private – throughout the proposed RC&D area. An application for assistance was prepared and submitted in June 1967 to the Secretary of Agriculture for planning authorization. This authorization was received in August 1968. In August 1982, the Eastern Connecticut RC&D’s Executive Council completed an application to enlarge the area. In April of 1983, the application was approved by USDA and NRCS.The focus of the Eastern Connecticut RC&D Program is to help people care for and protect their natural resources, improve local economies, and sustain a high quality of life. The program derives its success from its ability to connect individuals, communities, government entities, and grassroots organizations. These connections and partnerships enable the development of shared visions and resource networks that work toward a healthy future for Connecticut.


A Message from the President

For several decades, Connecticut was served by two Resource Conservation & Development Councils. Eastern Connecticut RC&D and King’s Mark RC&D were managed by separate boards. Recent changes to the federal RC&D Program have led to the decision by Connecticut’s two Councils to merge operations. Procedurally, King’s Mark RC&D is dissolving operations and Eastern Connecticut RC&D is modifying its bylaws and expanding its scope and board membership. In this new, joint organization, we look forward to many more decades of serving the communities of Connecticut through flexible partnerships and creative solutions under our new name as the Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc.

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John P. Guszkowski

CT RC&D Council Meeting: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 1pm -3pm at Capitol Region Council of Governments Conference Room, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Meeting Information

*New Publication* Agricultural Anaerobic Digestion Roadmap for Connecticut

*New Publication* Agricultural Anaerobic Digestion Roadmap for Connecticut

Digester Roadmap available for download here as a pdf

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) 2016 Symposium "Invasive Plants in Our Changing World: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future" October 11, 2016;  8:00-4:30 pm  at Student Union, University of Connecticut, Storr. Registration is $60 ($25 for students with I.D.) -- pre-register on-line or use mail in form
Registration information at

Agricultural Conservation Easement Workshops
for municipal planners, attorneys, and land trusts

What are they?  How are they different from conservation easements? What are their critical components? How can they be used most effectively? Connecticut Farmland Trust will be presenting a series of three workshops to introduce the model agricultural easement developed by American Farmland Trust, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, and Connecticut Farmland Trust.

Workshop for Municipal Planners:
Wednesday, October 12, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
@ Otis Public Library, Norwich

Workshops for Attorneys (basic and/or advanced topics):
Friday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
@ CT Nonprofit Center, Hartford

Workshop for Land Trusts:
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
@ Southbury Public Library

Agricultural easements can vary significantly from open space easements, and easement terms can have a significant impact on farmers’ ability to work protected land. In order to help ensure that easements protect the natural resources of farms while also ensuring long-term agricultural viability of the farm operation, we hope to make a deeper impact on those involved in agricultural preservation projects.

Join us to learn how you can help to craft and implement effective agricultural easements. Topics covered will include the difference between a conservation easement and an agricultural easement; critical components of agricultural easements; how agricultural easements can assist towns in achieving goals in their plans of conservation and development.

More info and registration can be found at:

Ashford Regional Farm Energy Event October 2016

CT Farm Energy UConn Energy and Dairy Robotic Tech Workshop 2016

CT Soil Health Workshop Organic Alternatives November 2016

If you would like to attend the Soils Health Workshop: Organic Alternatives please complete the Registration Form (pdf) or call 860-345-3977 or email Accepted forms of payment include checks by mail or pre-register and pay cash at the door. There is limited seating available for this event so register early! Please make checks out to CT RC&D in the amount of $25.00 and mail them to CT RC&D, 1066 Saybrook Road, PO Box 70, Haddam, CT 06438.

Power Point Presentations from the March 2016 "Planning for Healthy Soils" Event:

Speaker Raymond Covino, Power Point Presentation (pdf)

Speaker Paul Salon, Power Point Presentation (pdf) *Coming Soon*

Speaker James Hyde, Power Point Presentation (pdf)

Speaker JBI Helicopters, Power Point Presentation (pdf)

Are you an agricultural producer looking to increase your profit margin?   

New funds are available for voluntary improvements to your fields that can save you time, effort, and money.  Implementing new practices can save you money, build healthier soils and improve water quality. Reduce erosion and runoff, pest and weed problems, reduce fertilizer use and fuel consumption with fewer tractor passes as well as mitigate drought with soils that hold more moisture. 

Technical assistance is available to help you assess the quality of your soil, calculate the economic benefits of different options, complete the paperwork, and implement new practices in your fields.  These new funds and technical assistance are being provided by a regional conservation partnership of nonprofit organizations and government agencies working together throughout the Thames River watershed in eastern Connecticut.

Contact one of the project partners to learn more:

Amanda Fargo-Johnson, AGvocate Program CT Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) 860-345-3977 or email

Dan Mullins, Eastern CT Conservation District (ECCD) 860- 887-4163 X 402 or email

Lois Bruinooge, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) 860-774-3300 or email

This project is funded in part by a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant #68-1106-15-04 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CT RC&D Annual Plan of Work for 2016-2017

Connecticut RC&D Meetings & Minutes

2012 Eastern CT RC&D Strategic Plan (pdf)

Connecticut ERT Website

Connecticut Farm Energy Website

CT Nutrient Management Website

Tour des Farms Website

Facebook AGvocate Program Checkout some of our new Facebook pages to stay up to date on all our current happenings!

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Juno SB GPS Units with ArcPad 10 are available for use from the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and Development Area. The GPS Units are available for use, free of charge, by the municipal, regional, and non-profit community of the Eastern CT RC&D Area. The 3 Trimble Juno SB GPS units are equipped with ESRI ArcPad 10 software. The units were purchased to support trail documentation and data contribution to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) CT State Trail Geodatabase. GPS Usage Policy & Sign Out Sheet (pdf)

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