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N.B. farmers invited to apply for board

New Brunswick’s new pilot project to open the public board appointment process to applications from the public will now include the provincial Farm Products Commission.

The province announced Tuesday it is accepting “expressions of interest” from people who are “committed to the sustainability of the province’s agriculture industry,” Agriculture Minister Ron Ouellette said in a release.

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 province said.

The commission is responsible for supervision of nine producer organizations formed under the provincial Natural Products Act. Commodities under its regulatory mandate account for about $320 million per year in farm cash receipts, and for nearly 80 per cent of the province’s ag production, the government said.

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

“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.”

The provincial agriculture and aquaculture department, public safety department and Business New Brunswick are the three departments taking part in the pilot project.

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