Northeast agriculture officials to meet in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN — Top agriculture officials from 10 states in the Northeast are meeting in Connecticut to discuss issues ranging from avian flu to food safety.

The Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture is scheduled to hold the group’s annual meeting in New Haven. A series of meetings were planned for Monday and Tuesday.

Members were scheduled to receive an update from the U.S. Department Agriculture about the spread of avian flu and the response by federal and state agencies. Officials in eastern states have been working together to track reports of bird flu and ensure a quick response if evidence, such as sick birds, is sighted.

The economic status of Northeast dairy farms, the agricultural research needs in the Northeast, issues regarding state and federal farmland protection will also be discussed.