DOAG: Governor's Council for Agricultural Development

 
 
Governor's Council for Agricultural Development
Council Member List and Biographies
 

The Governor's Council for Agricultural Development is in the midst of creating a strategic plan, Grow Connecticut Farms, for Connecticut agriculture.  The current status and reporting to date can be found on the Grow Connecticut Farms webpage. 

 
 
2013 and 2014 Meeting Minutes and Agendas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Substitute House Bill No. 5508
Public Act No. 11-189
 
AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT.
 
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
 
Section 1. Section 22-26e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2011):
 
[(a) There is hereby established a Governor's Council for Agricultural Development for advisory purposes only, consisting of not more than thirty members. The Commissioner of Agriculture shall
be chairman of said council. The Governor shall appoint twelve council members from a list provided by the Commissioner of Agriculture of persons representative of agricultural activities in the state, including agricultural production, processing, marketing, sales, education and trade associations. The speaker of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the majority leader and minority leader of each house of the General Assembly shall each appoint two council members.
 
(b) The council shall provide advice to the Department of Agriculture concerning the development, diversification and promotion of agricultural products, programs and enterprises in this state and shall provide for an interchange of ideas from the various commodity groups and organizations represented.
 
(c) The council shall meet at least once each calendar quarter. Any vacancy in the membership may be filled by the Governor. The members shall serve without compensation or reimbursement for expenses. Any member absent from more than two meetings in a year shall be deemed to have resigned.]

(a) There is hereby established a Governor's Council for Agricultural Development for advisory purposes only, consisting of the following members: (1) The Commissioner of Agriculture, who shall serve as the chairperson of the council, (2) the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at The University of Connecticut, or the dean's designee, (3) the chairperson of the Connecticut Milk Promotion Board, or the chairperson's designee, (4) six members appointed by the Governor, who shall each be actively engaged in agricultural production, (5) one member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be engaged in agricultural processing, (6) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate,
who shall be engaged in agricultural marketing, (7) one member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be engaged in agricultural sales, (8) one member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who shall be from a trade association, (9) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be from the green industry, and (10) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall be actively engaged in agricultural education.
 
(b) The council shall make recommendations to the Department of Agriculture on ways to increase the percentage of consumer dollars spent on Connecticut-grown fresh produce and farm products, including, but not limited to, ways to increase the amount of money spent by residents of the state on locally-grown farm products, by 2020, to not less than five per cent of all money spent by such residents on food. The council shall also make recommendations concerning the
development, diversification and promotion of agricultural products, programs and enterprises in this state and shall provide for an interchange of ideas from the various commodity groups and
organizations represented.
 
(c) The council shall meet not less than once per calendar quarter. Any vacancy in the membership of the council shall be filled by the Governor. The members shall serve without compensation or reimbursement for expenses. Any member absent from more than two meetings in a calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned.

Approved July 13, 2011