State Representative Bryan Hurlburt, who represents Ashford, Tolland and Willington in the General Assembly, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the Connecticut Local Foods Task Force.
The panel is charged with recommending ways to encourage consumers to purchase more locally grown foods. Their findings are due to the legislature by the end of the year.
“As locally-produced food continues to grow in popularity with residents, the state needs to do a better job helping consumers identify and find those products,” said Hurlburt. “Connecticut grown is fresher, more nutritious and when we buy local it helps our economy.”
Hurlburt has a long record of supporting Connecticut’s farming industry and the state’s extensive network of farmers’ markets. In 2009, Hurlburt was named Connecticut Farm Bureau Legislator of the Year and his 2010 Farms, Food & Jobs bill is credited with helping the state’s dairy and poultry industries.
Connecticut’s agricultural industry is estimated to contribute $3.5 billion to the state’s economy, supporting over 20,000 jobs. In addition to lawmakers, the Local Foods Task Force will include the state commissioners of agriculture and economic development as well as representatives of the Connecticut Food Association and Connecticut Food Policy Council.
Rep. Hurlburt is serving his third term in the state legislature representing the 53rd Assembly District. He serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Environment and Higher Education committees.