Interview with Bryan P. Hurlburt, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture

Here is Renee's interview with Bryan P. Hurlburt, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

The Commissioner answers questions about of food supply, supporting local, farmers, farmers markets and working with Animal Control Officers in CT.

Listen below:

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is following guidance issued by the Governor's office, White House and other federal partners and we are actively speaking with producers and various agricultural organizations across the state in order to minimize the negative impact on growers and address your concerns and issues. Please continue to communicate your questions and concerns to us. We will do our best to respond and share as much information as we can during this time.

In addition, the agency has developed, implemented and maintained an Emergency Management Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) which complies with all applicable internal agency policies and state regulations. Staff has been briefed and is ready to follow procedures to ensure functions critical to the agency and industry needs are met and carried out in the interest of public safety and public health. Critical functions include investigating animal welfare complaints; caring for rescue animals under the agency’s care, custody and control; sampling of water, meat, and milk; and licensing related to dairy, livestock, poultry, domestic pet-related operations, agricultural commodities, and seafood.

CLICK HERE for gathered information from various sources for your reference to help support your business and to protect yourself, employees, and consumers.

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including guidance and other resources, visit General questions can also be answered by calling 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is only intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.

  • Per Executive Order 7H, 'essential business', as it relates to food and agriculture, includes:
  • farms and farmer’s markets
  • food manufacturing, processing, storage, and distribution facilities
  • nurseries, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores
  • restaurants/bars (provided compliance with all applicable executive orders is maintained)

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut was founded on the principle that farmers are among the most precious community resources we have – and there is no better time to live that value to the fullest.

Click here to see a map and directory to connect yourself to fresh food and CT grown products near you.

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