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Celebrate National Agriculture Week in Darien!

The week of March 10th, 2019 is National Agriculture Week to recognize the role of American agriculture in our daily lives and the efforts of those who shape the American food system. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the U.S. economy.

In Darien there are no residents with the occupation of Ag Worker. Connecticut has 1,804 residents that are occupied by the Ag industry.

“Although USDA’s Economic Research Service reported the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children in 2015, nearly 16 million U.S. households — which is more than the total number of households in either California or Texas — were food insecure at some point during that year.”

The top ten towns in Connecticut listed by the number of Ag workers are:

Town

Male

Female

Total

Willimantic

167

33

200

New Haven

51

137

188

Hartford

136

37

173

Stamford

125

14

139

West Haven

60

30

90

East Hartford

28

56

84

Rockville

74

0

74

Bridgeport

55

15

70

Storrs

59

11

70

Norwalk

56

11

67

*all numbers represent residents over 16 years old currently occupied as a  non-management working in the Farming, Fishing, or Forestry industry according to the American Community Survey.

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