This year, a record 25 farmers from Fairfield County applied to put their land in a state preservation program which pays land owners to keep the property permanently agricultural. This is double the number who applied last year.
"Fairfield County is among 40 of the state's 88 counties whose farmers are vying for inclusion in the program's eighth round of funding. Statewide, 205 farmers applied. The farms selected are expected to be announced next month."