New Oyster Aquaculture Video in the CT Aquaculture Video Series

Man wearing blue hat talking in front of water. Label that says Steve Plant This week’s video is Oyster aquaculture – A hybrid approach using gear and bottom culture and features Steve Plant of Connecticut Cultured Oysters in Noank. Visit our YouTube Playlist which contains a variety of videos showcasing the state’s aquaculture industry. We’ll add more every week or so!

You can also find links to the video and YouTube Playlist here:


This project is Funded by National Sea Grant, Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Extension, and the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

FREE Professional Agricultural Advising Sessions

Our popular One-on-One Agricultural Advising Sessions are back! In-person and virtual options are available, but space is limited.

Draw from the well of experience. One-on-one 2024 Free professional agricultural advising sessions

These sessions are a cooperative effort of UConn Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA).

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Farm Manager Summit

UConn Solid Ground is excited to announce the new Farm Manager Summit! Happening Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 from 9am-3pm at The Chrysalis Center  255 Homestead Avenue Hartford CT. 
The cost is $40, with includes a key note speakers, breakout sessions and lunch.

vegetable conference workshop, with people sitting in chairs, with a screen in front of them


The day includes:
Workshops on Farm Financials
Workshops on Labor Management
Panel Discussion with CT Farmers managing staff
Keynote speaker Emily Landek from Riverland Farm
A track for farm staff members that are managers and a track for farm owners
A select number of scholarships available to those that request it

Canter Curriculum Online Courses

horse looking out from red barnInterested in learning more in-depth knowledge about Equine Nutrition or Skeletal Systems Disorders? Then the Canter Curriculum by UConn Animal Science and UConn Extension, may be for you! Work at your own pace and have fun learning! The materials can be found at

10 CT, NY schools chosen for launch of LIS Schools network

Class of middle schoolers and their teacher looking out at the oceanElementary, middle and high school students, teachers and the communities of 10 public schools in urban and suburban areas will comprise the new Long Island Sound Schools network, committing to the protection of local watersheds, the Sound and our one global ocean.

With funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Study and facilitated by Connecticut Sea Grant and Mercy University, the program supports schools that implement a school or community-based project and create a plan to increase ocean literacy by engaging students, families and the public.

All the schools are located within the Long Island Sound watershed, from inland areas with waterways that flow into the estuary to shoreline communities. Program funding will provide stipends for lead teachers at each school and up to $5,000 per school to implement projects. The schools will also have access to a network of educators, connections with scientists, community organizations and stewardship sites, and possible travel funds for conference presentations.

Visit the Sea Grant website for the full article.

CT Sea Grant among recipients nationwide of NOAA resilience funds

woman standing in front of class room teaching. With a projector screen next to herThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program this week announced funding awards to Sea Grant programs across the country for new and ongoing projects enhancing community resilience, including support for two programs run by Connecticut Sea Grant: Climate Adaption Academy and UConn Climate Corps.

At CT Sea Grant, about $185,000 in federal funding will support and expand the reach of current projects. These projects are effective platforms for advancing information exchange and understanding of climate change impacts and nature-based approaches to resilience among municipal and land-use professionals and undergraduate students that in turn advance community resilience in CT cities and towns.

For the full article check out:

Master Gardeners Provide Seeds to Community Organizations

seedlings in containers

Each year, the UConn Extension Master Gardener Program partners with Ocean State Job Lot to distribute free seed packets to community groups, non-profits, schools, and municipal groups. We are pleased to continue offering this service to community organizations and groups. Visit and fill out the form to request free seed packets for your organization.

UConn Spring 2024 Horseback Riding Program

3 people riding horses with a red barn and white fence by themCome ride at UConn, the horseback riding program is open!

The practicum is a professional, improvement, non-credit horseback riding lesson program open to everyone. Lessons in dressage, hunt seat, western, polo, and trail are offered at a variety of levels. Going from January 22 to April 26 (13 weeks), at the UConn Storrs Campus!

Registration deadlines:

Team Tryout Registration: January 19th, 12:00 AM

Practicum Registration: January 19th, 12:00 AM

Team Lesson Registration: January 22, 8:00 AM

Mandatory Spring Practicum Meeting:

Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7:00PM at the W.B. Young Building, Room 100.


Register today at 


Job Openings in UConn Extension

3 men in a greenhouse with lettuceThere are two jobs openings in UConn Extension. Assistant/ Associate Extension Educator for Agriculture Business Management and Assistant/ Associate Extension Educator for Controlled Environment Agriculture. Both closing January 31, 2024. For more information and to apply go to 

Assistant/ Associate Extension Educator for Agriculture Business Management is a full-time, 11-month appointment for a non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Extension Educator. The successful candidate is expected to develop strong working relationships with producers throughout the state; interact with UConn faculty, state, and federal agency personnel; and develop interdisciplinary extension programs.

Assistant/ Associate Extension Educator for Controlled Environment Agriculture is a full-time, 11-month appointment for a non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in CAHNR to collectively advance Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The successful candidate is expected to develop strong working relationships with producers throughout the state; interact with UConn faculty, state, and federal agency personnel; and develop interdisciplinary extension programs.


Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Connecticut

CAES Announces Renewal of the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Connecticutadult spotted lanternfly


New Haven, CT – The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in cooperation with USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) continued to detect expanding populations of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in Connecticut through 2023. The Director of CAES hereby announces the renewal of the Order of Quarantine for SLF that was established 1 July 2021, effective January 1, 2024. More information about SLF, the quarantine order and state quarantine requirements can be found at:

In 2020 through 2023, multiple adult SLF populations were detected in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London Counties. The distribution of this insect continues to expand, posing a threat to the agriculture and forests of Connecticut, hence the renewal and expansion of the quarantine noted in the original order. Early detection is important, and the public is urged to report potential sightings of this invasive pest when they become active again in 2024. Currently, the insect is overwintering in egg masses. If you suspect you have found a SLF, snap a picture of it, collect it if possible, and report it here: Connecticut Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) Reporting ( Companies moving regulated articles from the State of Connecticut should enter into a compliance agreement to help mitigate movement of this pest, to prevent the spread of the insect and to protect our trading partners.

Native to China, India, and Vietnam, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding planthopper that was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. SLF infestations have been reported in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The nymphal stage of this insect is currently active with adults appearing late summer. In the fall, adults about 1 inch long can often be found congregating on tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus), willows and other trees. They will lay egg masses on trees and almost any nearby surface like rocks, decks, houses, outdoor equipment, and furniture, etc.

Nymphs of SLF will hatch from the eggs in the spring (late April-June). This insect attacks many hosts and has the potential to severely impact Connecticut’s farm crops, particularly apples, grapes, and hops, and several tree species. The secretion of excess sap called honeydew can also be a nuisance for residential infestations. Additional information is available at Protection/Spotted-Lanternfly and