(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor-Elect Dan Malloy made another major administration appointment today, naming Steven Reviczky as his Commissioner of Agriculture.
Currently, Reviczky is the executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, a statewide organization with over 5,000 member families. Agriculture in Connecticut is a $3.5 billion industry, and is directly linked to more than 20,000 jobs in the state.
"Steven Reviczky is well-known and well-respected in Connecticut's ariculture community, and his leadership at the Department of Agriculture will be invaluable to the thousands of family farms across our state," said Governor-Elect Malloy. "Recently, his work helping to keep Connecticut's $1.1 billion dairy industry active and vibrant has protected over 4,000 jobs and contributed to our state's economic well-being. I'm looking forward to working with him."
"I welcome the opportunity and challenges of this new role," said Reviczky. "Preserving Connecticut's farmland, increasing the availability of Connecticut grown food and products and helping the state's family farms thrive have been my priorities and I'm eager to continue that advocacy when I return to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture."
Prior to his time at the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, Reviczky was a property agent with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture's Farmland Preservation Program. In that role, Reviczky led in the evaluation, investigation and negotiation of applications to the Farmland Preservation Program and prepared Connecticut's proposals for funding under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. In addition, he conducted farm reviews and inspections to ensure compliance with development rights deed covenants, state statutes and regulations for protected farmlands.
Reviczky also served as the agency representative to the State of Connecticut Council on Soil and Water Conservation, the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Natural Resources/AgricultureCommittee, and the Farm Transfer & Farm Succession Working Group.
Reviczky is a former First Selectman in Ashford. He graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Public Policy & Government.