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All eight counties in Connecticut have received disaster declarations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of ongoing drought conditions.

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The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has received $3.2 million in funding from the FDA to research food defense projects covering human and animal food.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she expects federal agriculture officials to work with hemp farmers and possibly even delay new regulations that New York says are “unreasonable.”

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New York lawmakers will hold three virtual hearings this month to decide how many hours farm employees must work to receive overtime. The first hearing is this Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Agriculture officials in New York say federal rules for producing hemp are “unrealistic.” The state also said they won’t try to regulate the crop. Hemp farmers say they will have to be very careful without support from the state.