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Bill Would Ease Permit Requirements for Farmers’ Markets

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House has passed a bill
allowing farmers to pay only one local health permit fee to sell
their goods at farmers markets throughout the state.

Tolland Rep. Bryan Hurlburt said farmers are currently required
to pay for a permit in each health district where they sell items
at a farmers market. He said those fees can range from $50 to $100,
making it expensive for farmers to set up shop in multiple markets.

Hurlburt said the bill will cut costs for the farmers and
ultimately encourage them to sell their goods at more farmers
markets. It passed unanimously Wednesday.

The bill allows a local district to take regulatory action if
they believe a farmer is not complying with their district’s
standards.

It moves to the Senate.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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