DOAG: About Commissioner Reviczky

 

STEVEN K. REVICZKY

Commissioner

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

 

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Steven K. Reviczky was named the 19th commissioner of agriculture by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in January 2011, and reappointed by the governor in 2015.

 

In announcing his selection, Governor Malloy described Steve as well known and well respected in Connecticut's agriculture community, and stated that “his leadership at the Department of Agriculture will be invaluable to thousands of family farms across our state.”

 

In his time leading the agency, Commissioner Reviczky has focused on opportunities to create jobs and strengthen the state’s agricultural economy.  As commissioner, he has led the Governor's Council for Agricultural Development, farmland protection efforts, and legislative agendas that grow Connecticut farms.

 

In addition to leading the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Commissioner Reviczky has been recognized for his advocacy and expertise by his peers from departments of agriculture across the country.  He was elected president of the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NEASDA) and served in that post in 2014 and 2015.

 

He serves as president of Food Export USA – Northeast, a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Northeast region of the United States.

 

On September 14, 2017, Commissioner Reviczky was elected president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), a leading policy advocacy group representing agriculture at the federal level, and is at the helm as Congress crafts the next Farm Bill.  This is the first time a Connecticut commissioner has led the organization in its 100-year history.

 

As president, he heads NASDA’s board of directors.  The organization seeks to grow agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state {Commissioner Reviczky} departments of agriculture, the federal government and stakeholders.

 

Steve is a Connecticut native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy and government from Eastern Connecticut State University. 

 

From 2006 until his 2011 appointment as commissioner, he served as the executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and was directly engaged with state and local officials and Congress, advocating on matters important to Connecticut’s farmers. 

 

From 1998 to 2006, Steve was a property agent with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farmland Preservation Program, where he worked to identify and protect valuable prime and important agricultural soils. 

 

Prior, he served for nine years in various capacities at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, supporting state parks, forests, fisheries, and wildlife management areas, and worked for five years at the state Capitol as a special legislative assistant to the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, clerk of the Public Safety Committee, and assistant clerk of the Education Committee.

 

In 1985, while still a student at the University of Connecticut, he was elected Ashford’s first selectman, becoming one of the youngest chief elected officials in the state.

 

 

Updated September 2017