April 21, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement is issued today by Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette to mark National Soil Conservation Week, April 18 - 24:
National Soil Conservation Week is an opportunity to celebrate good soil management practices and to reflect on how significant soil is as a resource in the production of food in New Brunswick.
National Soil Conservation Week in Canada was established in 1985 to increase public awareness of soil conservation issues.
New Brunswick was the first province to recognize officially by proclamation the important contributions of soil. On Feb. 13, 1997, the Holmesville soil series was proclaimed an official symbol of New Brunswick. Since then, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Quebec and Manitoba have made proclamations.
Through the Growing Forward federal-provincial-territorial policy framework, our government continues to support the development and implementation of environmental farm plans, beneficial management practices and other environmental programs that enable producers to promote soil sustainability.
It is very appropriate that we celebrate National Soil Conservation Week during the same week that we observe Earth Day. These two events remind us how important it is to be environmentally aware and active in our communities as we build a self-sufficient New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Melanson, communications, Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-462-5042.