Agriculture and Aquaculture

Board members sought for Farm Products Commission (08/08/26)

NB 1221

Aug. 26, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Opportunities to serve as members of the Farm Products Commission are now available for New Brunswickers.

"We are looking for individuals who are committed to the sustainability of the province's agriculture industry," said Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Quellette. "They must share the commission's vision of a dynamic and accountable agri-food industry with a reputation as a supplier of high-quality and competitively priced food products."

Interested candidates must be residents of New Brunswick, and possess a background in farming or the agriculture industry, particularly related to the potato, apple, blueberry, hog, cattle, chicken, turkey, or egg sectors.

The Farm Products Commission is responsible for the supervision of the nine existing producer organizations formed under the Natural Products Act. Commodities under the regulatory mandate of the commission account for about $320 million annually in farm cash receipts, accounting for nearly 80 per cent of New Brunswick's agricultural production.

"Opening the appointment process reflects government's commitment to improve the way appointments are made," Ouellette said. "These opportunities will allow New Brunswickers to submit their names and to be considered for appointment."

Expressions of interest to serve will be received until Sept. 15.

As part of a pilot project, the Government of New Brunswick website now lists available opportunities, and provides details on where people may send their expressions of interest to serve. Initially, three departments are involved: Agriculture and Aquaculture; Business New Brunswick; and Public Safety.

Agencies, boards and commissions provide advice to government, deliver services to New Brunswickers, and regulate key sectors of the economy. They function at arm's length from government departments, and undertake important work on behalf of the people of New Brunswick.

More information on current opportunities to serve on provincial agencies, boards and commissions may be found online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.