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DeLauro, Farms Service Agency Administrator Celebrate National Dairy Month at Greenbacker’s Brookfield Farm

June 19, 2015
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Val Dolcini, Administrator of the United States Farm Service Agency, today marked National Dairy Month with a tour of Greenbacker’s Brookfield Farm. While there, they also met with local dairy farmers and Connecticut advocates, and discussed the issues facing our state’s farmers.

“Dairy farming is important to Connecticut’s economy and it is imperative that we do right by our dairy farmers,” DeLauro said. “They are not in an easy business and need support from the federal government. I consider it a key part of my work to ensure that the interests of Connecticut farmers are taken in to account, both by Congress and the executive branch. When we work together we can make a real difference, for our farmers and the entire state.”

Greenbacker’s is a family-owned and operated dairy farm that has been farmed by the Greenbacker family continuously since 1723. The farm consists of about 665 acres and 380 cattle, of which 160 are in milk production. June is designated as National Dairy Month, which dates back to 1937 when it was known as National Milk Month.

Connecticut’s 130 dairy farms generate $236 million in annual sales.

DeLauro is a member, and former Chairwoman, of the subcommittee responsible for funding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She was a champion of the Food Safety Modernization Act and brought the concerns of Connecticut’s farmers, including those in the dairy industry, to FDA officials to ensure the rules that came out of the law accommodated some of their needs.