Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Agro-environmental club established (02/02/26)

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Feb. 26, 2002

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Fédération des Agriculteurs et Agricultrices Francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (FAAFNB) have set up an agro-environmental club for the northeast region of the province. The announcement was made today by Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Rodney Weston and FAAFNB president Paul-Émile Soucy.

"This program is funded through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture's Agricultural Environment Management Initiative 2001," Weston said. "The goal of the initiative is to improve the environmental performance of local farms by providing them with the services of a consultant in the field."

The club was set up at Saint-Isidore on Thursday, Feb. 21. About 20 francophone farmers joined the club and elected an executive, composed of the following members:

President: Léonard Grenier, horticultural producer, Tilley Road

Vice-president: Bernard Savoie, blueberry producer, Tracadie-Sheila

Secretary: Rachel Savoie, horticultural producer, Évangéline

"We have engaged the services of agriculturist Pierre Cyr to act as consultant for the Northeast agro-environmental club," Soucy said. "We are very excited about this new initiative."


MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218, or Diane Côté, Fédération des Agriculteurs et Agricultrices Francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick, 506-735-4886.