Drought, wages of concern to Connecticut agricultural businesses

Connecticut’s prolonged drought is weighing heavily on the minds of the state’s agricultural businesses, but it’s not the only thing.

A lack of a coherent immigration policy, efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and an inability to access adequate water supplies were some of the concerns local members of the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association told U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. Esty met with members of the group Wednesday at Michael’s Greenhouses on South Meriden Road.

Susan Pronovost, executive director of the Waterbury-based trade group, said the group arranged the meeting with Esty “because she has been responsive to us in the past.” Ninety percent of the group’s membership grows food as well as bedding plants and decorative flowers, Pronovost said.

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