Department of Agriculture
At a Glance
SHIRLEY FERRIS, Commissioner
Bruce H. Gresczyk, Deputy Commissioner
Statutory authority – CGS Sec. 22-1
Central office - 765 Asylum Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06105
Average number of full-time employees - 68
Recurring operating expenses - $5,211,640
Capital purchases - $7,674
Organizational structure - Administrative Services, Regulation and Inspection, Agricultural Development and Resource Preservation, Aquaculture, and Connecticut Marketing Authority
The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to foster a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture by developing and promoting and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state’s citizens of the diversity of Connecticut’s agriculture, its cultural heritage and its contribution to the state’s economy.
§ Provided $633,240 in grants to farmers through the Farm Enhancement program.
§ 2002 Farm Bill work resulted in federal programs applicable to Northeast.
§ Completed feasibility study regarding recycling of agricultural plastics.
§ Developed a disease resistant (F5 generation) oyster for use in the Northeast that exhibits resistance against three major oyster diseases that adversely affect the state’s multi-million dollar industry.
§ Purchased development rights to seven farms (805 acres); established two municipal farmland preservation programs.
§ Provided dog bite prevention training to 500 persons.
§ Responded to Avian Influenza outbreak in poultry flock with immediate and decisive action which contained the disease, protecting the state’s four million-bird industry.
Connecticut Marketing Authority
§ Expanded diversity of products and tenants with the addition of a Peruvian produce grower, importer, and distributor, as well as the addition of a wholesale fruit and produce distributor.
The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities approved the agency’s Affirmative Action Plan.
The Agricultural Technology Unit distributed an annual report to the Commerce and Environment Committees.
An annual status report of the Preservation of Agricultural Lands program was prepared for the Governor and the General Assembly.
The Connecticut Food Policy Council forwarded its fourth Annual Report to the Governor and state legislators.
The Animal Population Control Program Annual Report was presented to the General Assembly and committees of cognizance.
The Seafood Council Annual Report was published and distributed as appropriate.