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Governorís Council for Agricultural Development Issues First Report
Fifteen-member, farmer-based group makes recommendations to grow Connecticut agriculture
(Hartford, CONN.) Today Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced that the Governorís Council for Agricultural Development has presented its first annual report to Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
The report (available at www.CTGrown.gov/GovernorsCouncil) summarizes the councilís first year of work on its strategic plan for the stateís $3.5 billion agricultural industry, Grow Connecticut Farms, and includes seven recommendations to further develop, diversify, and promote agriculture in the state.
ďAgriculture is an important economic driver in Connecticut,Ē said Governor Malloy. ďOur farms are part of our heritage, and they are the source of great growth potential in our future. This report will help us make smart investments in the stateís agriculture sector and bolster efforts to get CT Grown produce into more homes and schools. Over the next several weeks I will visit farms, farmerís markets, and other agricultural sites across the stateóI look forward to working with the Council and our farmers to make Connecticut a stronger, more competitive state.Ē
The council, whose 15 members are predominantly commercial farmers themselves, gathered input from several hundred other Connecticut producers and agricultural stakeholders during 2012 in the development of the recommendations.
ďThis report is the product of feedback from several hundred people working in agriculture today,Ē explained Commissioner Reviczky, ďand represents their views on ways to strengthen agriculture, create jobs, and increase the industryís economic activity beyond its current $3.5 billion level. These are steps the council is ready to begin now, as it continues to identify additional opportunities to grow Connecticut farms and agriculture.Ē
The council is organizing 12 working groups to begin addressing the recommendations and to establish additional priorities that surface in the process. It will issue a second report at the end of 2013.
The Governorís Council for Agricultural Development was reshaped by Public Act 11-189, which streamlined membership and tasked the council with making recommendations to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture on ways to increase the percentage of food dollars consumers spend on Connecticut Grown fresh produce and farm products, and on the development, diversification, and promotion of agricultural products, programs, and enterprises in the state. Members are appointed by Governor Malloy and legislative leadership and represent agricultural production, processing, education, sales, and marketing, along with an agricultural trade organization and the greenhouse/nursery sector.