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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Connecticut Farm Bureau recognizes Rept. Linda Gentile for commitment to agriculture

Rep. Linda Gentile receiving award from
CFBA Executive Director Henry Talmage.
The Connecticut Farm Bureau Association has recognized state Rep. Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia, Derby) with the Legislator of the Year Award for her support of Connecticut agriculture in the 2014 legislative session.

The award was announced at CFBA’s annual meeting, but was recently presented to Gentile at her office at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from such a distinguished organization,” said Gentile in a release. “Agriculture is such an important part of our history and very much a part of the fabric of our local communities. It is a huge economic force in Connecticut. As such, we need to do whatever is possible to protect, preserve and expand farm operations and commercial agriculture in this state.”

The Connecticut Farm Bureau acknowledged Representative Gentile’s work on the animal care bill in her role as Chair of the Environment Committee. Among her efforts on that bill, she authored an editorial in the New Haven Register calling for sound, science-based reason in legislating animal care in Connecticut.

“Representative Gentile laid out the issue so clearly for the committee and to the public through that editorial,” said Connecticut Farm Bureau Executive Director Henry Talmage in a release. “She advocated for a livestock advisory council working in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Farm Bureau and expressed her confidence that this collaboration could and would establish comprehensive, consistent and reasonable standards for all livestock.”

Since 1919, The Connecticut Farm Bureau Association has provided a strong, clear voice in state agricultural issues. As a non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm families, the Connecticut Farm Bureau is united to find solutions for concerns facing production agriculture in our counties, state and nation.

This is a press release from the Connecticut General Assembly.

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