Nov. 30, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new Register of Farm Businesses to help support the work done by general farm organizations in the province has been launched by Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette.
The creation of the voluntary register is in line with the recent adoption of the Agricultural Producers Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act. It will allow agricultural producers to pay registration fees to a Registrar of Farms who will turn them over to accredited general farm organizations for operational-funding purposes.
"General farm organizations in New Brunswick play a critical role in promoting agriculture and speaking on behalf of producers of all types," Ouellette said. "Stable funding has been a long-standing issue for these organizations, and I am very pleased to implement a system that will give them more resources to do their important work."
The new act received royal assent in June 2006. It allows for any agricultural producer who reports farming income as defined by the federal Income Tax Act, to register his or her farming operation.
Registration fees will vary between $150 and $500, depending on the gross annual income of the farming operation. Once registered, the producers will be issued a Registered Professional Agricultural Producer (RPAP) card, which will give access to government programs and services such as gasoline and motive fuel tax exemptions and refunds, farm plates, and discounted agriculture laboratory fees.
"By linking registration under the new act to provincial agriculture programs and services, we are creating a very strong incentive for professional agricultural producers to register," Ouellette said. "Making general farm organizations stronger and self-sufficient will enhance the ability of the agriculture industry to play an important role in our government's goal of achieving self-sufficiency."
At this time, the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick is the only general farm organization accredited under the act. The alliance was created in 2006 as a result of a merger between the New Brunswick Federation of Agriculture and the Fédération des agriculteurs et agricultrices francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick.
Through a partnership with Service New Brunswick (SNB), registrations and payments can be made online at http://www.snb.ca, over the phone at 1-888-762-8600, or in person (completed forms only) at any SNB location.
For more information, visit http://www.gnb.ca/agriculture and click on Register of Farm Businesses.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.