Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), the nation’s first research station of its kind, was founded in 1875 to leverage scientific knowledge related to environmental quality, plants, agricultural production, and human health for the good of society. The small separate state agency has a history of economically and scientifically important discoveries and currently conducts research at four facilities, which include laboratories and farms. CAES supports Connecticut's agricultural producers through education and research on climate impacts.
Though more than a third of its budget comes from outside of the State’s budget, CAES’s work is overseen by a Board of Control which includes the Governor and is carried out in close partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Extension Service and a number of state agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Consumer Protection, and the Department of Public Health. The Experiment Station Association, a volunteer organization, seeks to educate the public about CAES’s work by assisting at events that are open to the public and publishing a news bulletins about the Station’s work.
In addition to its research on new crop species, agricultural pests, and invasive species; CAES educates the public on best management practices, facilitates the registration of agricultural technicians, and offers free soil testing to residents of the state. As climate change makes ticks and mosquito borne disease more common, their research and public health education efforts have become increasingly important.