Agriculture

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Connecticut dairy farmers say they are experiencing a fifth consecutive year of depressed milk prices. They want the state to provide financial aid to keep their businesses afloat.

National Resources Conservation Service New York / USDA

East Hampton plans to fine or jail farmers if they don’t plant cover crops after a harvest. They want to prevent soil erosion and the open fields that can kick up dust storms.

Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a farmworkers’ rights bill into law Wednesday that will for the first time give the workers benefits other employees get, including time off and overtime pay.

Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Steve Jarmok walks around a clapboard white farmhouse in Enfield, Connecticut, where he grew up. Just past the green lawn, rows of greenhouses hold seedling tobacco plants. Farmers have grown tobacco in this region north of Hartford since before Europeans arrived. Steve’s family has grown tobacco here for three generations.

P. Solomon Banda / AP

About 200 people — many of them farmers — met in Vernon, Connecticut, Wednesday night to learn how to grow hemp.

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