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April 6, 2021 Press Release
“There’s a lot more work ahead to help our farmers and fishermen to get back above water and recover from this pandemic, but this announcement from the Biden Administration that next shot in the arm we’ve all been waiting on,” said Rep. Courtney.
March 16, 2021 Press Release
“We had over 4,000 folks in eastern Connecticut join us on last night’s town hall, and there’s no question that people have been waiting for the support that the American Rescue Plan provides,” Courtney said.
February 2, 2021 Press Release

NORWICH, CT—Today, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02), Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Reps. John Larson (CT-01), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim Himes (CT-04) and Jahana Hayes (CT-05), announced that Connecticut fishermen have officially secured an increase in commercial harvest quota allocations for black sea bass. Today’s announcement comes following the Connecticut Congressional delegation’s recent outreach to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council (ASMFC) in support of Connecticut’s fishermen.

November 17, 2020 Press Release
“UCONN’s Connecticut Sea Grant program has worked to support our local fishermen and shellfish farmers for years,” said Congressman Courtney.
October 15, 2020 Press Release
“Approval of Connecticut’s spending plan means that two streams of federal COVID financial assistance are officially on the table for an industry that has been excluded for months now,” Congressman Joe Courtney said.
October 14, 2020 Press Release
“I’ve stopped by several of our local school meal distribution sites in eastern Connecticut, and I’ve seen firsthand how much our communities have relied on the new flexibility Congress authorized for our Summer Meal Programs,” said Congressman Courtney.
October 13, 2020 Press Release
“The bipartisan budget we passed last month gave states like Connecticut more time to revise and approve their industrial hemp production pilot programs, and today’s bill signing means that we’re moving ahead on schedule,” said Rep. Courtney.
September 21, 2020 Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) issued updated information for eastern Connecticut shellfish, hemp, dairy, and other farmers regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “round two” of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). Last Friday, after months of pushing USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to expand federal assistance to Connecticut shellfish farmers, Courtney announced that USDA had finally made shellfish farmers eligible for financial assistance through CFAP.

September 18, 2020 Press Release
“Congress authorized billions in federal assistance for our farmers, but USDA’s decisions on what to do with that funding for the past three months have put our Connecticut shellfish farmers in real financial jeopardy."
September 16, 2020 Press Release
This week, Rep. Courtney was joined by the Connecticut delegation in writing a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to continue pressing USDA to find avenues to expand federal resources to aid shellfish farmers in Connecticut and throughout the country.

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