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Agriculture in the Classroom program launches in schools

More New Brunswick students are digging into agriculture this year thanks to the launch of the new Agriculture in the Classroom program. From left: Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Andrew Harvey; chef Marie-France Thibault; and farmer Christian Michaud.

Shellfish Aquaculture Development Strategy launched

The provincial government has released the New Brunswick Shellfish Aquaculture Development Strategy 2017-2021. From left: Serge LeBlanc, president of Acadian Bay Enterprises Inc.; Moncton East MLA Monique LeBlanc; and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.

Financial support for expansion of apple farm

The provincial government is helping a new owner add six acres of high-density apple trees in Prince William. From left: Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Andrew Harvey; Michael O’Blenis, the new owner of Hoyt Orchards; general manager and former owner of Hoyt Orchards, Eugene Hoyt; and deputy premier Stephen Horsman.

New member of Executive Council sworn in

In a ceremony in Florenceville-Bristol, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau swore in Andrew Harvey as minister of agriculture, mines and rural affairs today. The new portfolio will focus on job creation and growth in the traditional industries in rural New Brunswick. Standing, from left: Roy Vienneau; Premier Brian Gallant; and Judy Wagner, clerk of the Executive Council. Seated: Harvey.

Study to determine raccoon, skunk populations

Researchers will be setting traps (pictured) in Saint John and Fredericton, as well as forested and agricultural areas in southwestern New Brunswick, to help determine the population density of raccoons and skunks.

Official opening of distillery in Malden

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the grand opening of Blue Roof Distillers. From left: Devon Strang, head distiller; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet; and Richard Strang, owner of Strang’s Produce.

Efforts to increase exports to South Korea

The provincial government is supporting New Brunswick companies working to increase their exports into the South Korean food market. Deputy premier Stephen Horsman met with representatives of New Brunswick companies participating in this week’s Seoul Food 2017 International Food Industry Exhibition.

Premier concludes trip to Boston

Representatives of New Brunswick’s fish and seafood industry have wrapped up a trade trip to Boston, where the province’s products were featured before more than 20,000 buyers. Premier Brian Gallant, along with Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet, led several companies in a delegation to Seafood Expo North America, commonly known as the Boston seafood show. From left: Fisheries, ...

Province to participate in Boston seafood show

Several New Brunswick companies will join a delegation led by Premier Brian Gallant and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet to participate in North America’s largest seafood show. Doucet recently visited the packing floor at True North Salmon of Black’s Harbour. True North Salmon will be part of the delegation.

Province welcomes news of Atlantic Fisheries Fund

The provincial government will partner with Fisheries and Oceans Canada on a $325-million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, announced today in Halifax. From left: Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc; New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig and deputy premier Stephen Horsman.

Investment of $415,000 for local food promotion

The provincial government is budgeting $415,000 to promote local food and beverages in 2017-18. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet made the announcement today.

Agricultural land policy released

The provincial government has released a new agricultural land policy to preserve farmland and promote agricultural development. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet announced the new policy at the annual general meeting of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick. From left: Tony Van de Brand of Pork NB and Doucet.

Close to $5 million invested in the Fundy Marine Service Centre

The provincial government is investing up to $4.9 million for infrastructure and site upgrades at the Fundy Marine Service Centre on Grand Manan. From left: Grand Manan Mayor Dennis Greene; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet; Premier Brian Gallant; and Brian Guptill, president of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association.

Fisheries and aquaculture ministers discuss industry development, market access in New Brunswick

The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers wrapped up meetings in Saint Andrews following discussions on managing aquaculture development and expanding market access for fish and seafood products. Front: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. From left: Johnny Mike, minister of environment, Nunavut; J. Alan McIsaac, minister of agriculture and fisheries, Prince Edward Island; the federal Fisheries, Oceans ...

Buy New Brunswick 2016 launched

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries’ Buy Local campaign is getting ready for another season of promoting homegrown food and beverages. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet officially launched the 2016 campaign this morning in St. George.

Provincial and federal fisheries ministers meet in Moncton

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet (left) met today with federal Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Hunter Tootoo (right) at the Gulf Fisheries Centre in Moncton.

Open Farm Day in New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet stopped by Dumfries Maples Sugarbush and Pancake House during his travels on Open Farm Day held on Sept. 20. More than 40 farms, markets, wineries and community organizations throughout New Brunswick participated in the annual event. From left: Nathan Scott; Doucet; Jane Scott; and Don Scott.

Minister meets with rabies team

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet today met with employees of the department as well as employees of the Department of Natural Resources engaged in the oral rabies vaccination program in Charlotte County. The aerial bait drop was completed on Aug. 24, and the baiting by hand is expected to be completed Aug. 25. From left: Doucet; Mike Allan, ...

Rabies control measures to be implemented in Charlotte County in late August

An aerial bait drop to control the spread of raccoon variant rabies will take place, weather permitting, from Aug. 21 to 23 in the Charlotte County area as part of an oral rabies vaccination program. Residents can watch for this Haviland Twin Otter over the skies this weekend.

Legislators congratulate New Brunswicker for strong showing in MasterChef Canada competition

Line Pelletier, of Moncton, was recently congratulated in the legislative assembly for her second place finish in CTV’s national cooking competition MasterChef Canada. Pelletier often incorporated New Brunswick ingredients in her culinary creations. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet; Pelletier; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser.

Innovative kitchen project receives federal and provincial support

Fredericton’s Real Food Connections has developed an on-site kitchen and storage facility to provide processing services to local food producers. The project was supported by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, as well as an investment from Opportunities NB. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities NB; Levi ...

Association releases report on global salmon farming

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet participated in an event marking the release of the International Salmon Farmers Association’s first-ever socio-economic report on the global salmon farming industry, as the association marked its 25th anniversary. The event took place on March 16 in Boston, Mass. From left: Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell; Doucet; Sebastian Bell, executive ...

World Pond Hockey Championships will feature a taste of New Brunswick

Great hockey will not be the only thing on display at the World Pond Hockey Championships in Plaster Rock this week. Some of New Brunswick’s best foods and beverages were also featured at a Taste of New Brunswick welcome reception for the estimated 700 hockey players and journalists. The reception featured local producers serving up some of the province’s best ...

Livestock Development Centre opens in Sussex

The recently-established New Brunswick Livestock Development Centre was officially opened in Sussex today. The centre will host the province’s livestock specialists and foster an environment for research and innovation in the industry. From left: James Walker, chair of Milk 2020; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp; Public Safety Minister and Solicitor-General Bruce Northrup; and Paul Gaunce, chair of ...

Province partners in national agriculture promotion

The provincial government has signed on to a national initiative to promote agriculture. The Agriculture More Than Ever campaign is a multi-year initiative by Farm Credit Canada to improve perceptions, dispel myths and create positive dialogue about Canadian agriculture. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp; Farm Credit Canada chief executive officer Grey Stewart; Premier David Alward; Agricultural ...