Agriculture and Aquaculture

Milk 2020 receives government support (10/06/29)

NB 1112

June 29, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has made an investment in Milk 2020, a New Brunswick not-for-profit organization comprised of milk producers and processors. Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette made the announcement today.

"We are pleased to support this organization, which began operating just last year," said Ouellette. "It has already shown progress in delivering on its mandate, and it has initiated several important and strategic research projects."

Milk 2020 aims to develop and improve knowledge and innovation through its leadership and its actions, with a view to encouraging the sustainable growth of New Brunswick's dairy industry. The provincial government is making an investment of $35,000.

"With the support of government and industry, we have been able to move forward on several important research projects," said James Walker, chairman of the board of directors, Milk 2020. "Our work will benefit dairy farmers and processors as they manage their daily operations, but, more importantly, as they plan for the future."

Projects underway include researching quality livestock bedding products with the objective of finding a local, reliable, and inexpensive source of bedding material. In addition, a project to compare nutritional quality of local corn with imported corn is near completion.

"Supporting innovation in dairy farming and processing is an important component of our long-term strategy for agriculture," said Ouellette.

The New Brunswick dairy industry is credited with creating 3,195 direct and indirect jobs and generating about $94 million in farm cash receipts annually.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Katharine Sidenius, communications, Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-457-3549.

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