Connecticut may be a small state in size, but its agriculture industry is vast – so influential, in fact, that it contributes a whopping $4 billion to Connecticut’s economy each year.
With 6,000 farms and approximately 440,000 acres of farmland, some of the state’s top agricultural commodities include nursery and greenhouse products, dairy, poultry and eggs, aquaculture products, apples, and sweet corn. Nursery products account for about 45% of the state’s farm receipts. Connecticut also ranks eighth nationally in tobacco production and ninth nationally in cut Christmas trees. Along with crops and commodities, Connecticut agriculture also includes farmland preservation, which the state has been a pioneer of for more than 40 years, local goods and food, innovation and research, and more.