Que. pork group’s chief moves to MAPAQ

The director general of Quebec’s hog producer organization is leaving his post for a new job next month in the province’s ag ministry.

The Quebec government on Wednesday announced Bernard Verret will join the provincial ag, food and fisheries department (MAPAQ) starting April 4 as an assistant deputy minister to Agriculture Minister Pierre Corbeil.

A spokesperson for the Federation des producteurs de porcs du Quebec (FPPQ) said Thursday that the association’s president, Ste-Seraphine producer Jean-Guy Vincent, and its executive committee are looking for a replacement for Verret.

However, the association wasn’t yet able to say who would replace Verret at FPPQ on an interim basis.

Verret, an agronomist by training, had served as FPPQ’s director general since 2008. He previously worked as a regional director with hog genetics firm Pig Improvement Co. (1995-2008) and as a pork production director with Breton Agri-Management (1983-1995).

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