State agriculture panel reports to Malloy

State Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky announced the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development has presented its 2013 findings and recommendations to Gov. Dannel Malloy.
The council’s December 2013 update (available at summarizes the council’s second year of work on Grow Connecticut Farms, the strategic plan for Connecticut’s $3.5 billion agricultural industry, and includes 12 recommendations to further develop, diversify, and promote agriculture in the state.
“Farming and agriculture represent about 28,000 jobs in the state and are an important part of Connecticut’s heritage, economy, and quality of life for residents,” Mally said in prepared comments. “It’s an industry with real growth potential, and I’m eager to review these recommendations to the Department of Agriculture on ways to realize that potential. In the coming year, I will continue visiting farms throughout the state to see examples of ingenuity and innovation and figure out how we can further encourage and support smart, creative advancement of the industry.”
The council has organized four working groups for 2014 to study agricultural infrastructure and wholesale markets, producer education and innovation, food safety modernization, and marketing, and will host an agricultural town hall meeting at the state Capitol on Jan. 29, 2014, to hear more from stakeholders on these issues.