Meriden and Salisbury Farms under protection by Agriculture Department

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(WTNH) — Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program has now included farms in Meriden and Salisbury under a protection order for agricultural use.

“Ensuring that farmland remains available for agricultural production in perpetuity is one of the most important tools we have to continue to sustain Connecticut’s robust agricultural growth, Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said. “I am pleased that we are continuing to use the Farmland Preservation Program to support food and fiber production in both rural and urban communities across the state.”

Bilger Farm in Meriden and Long Pond Farm in Salisbury are now a part of a nearly 1,300 acres of state protected farmland.

Bilger Farm was the last dairy farm in Meriden when it stopped its production of milk in 1996. Until 2010, it operated as a farm used to raise beef and now it is used to grow hay for livestock. Long Pond Farm raises hay and corn for livestock on its 61 acres as well.

Long Pond is the tenth farm in Salisbury to be given protection by the Preservation Program.

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