Government of New Brunswick
 
rss

Latest

Agricultural Excellence Conference

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore attended the 2019 Agricultural Excellence Conference in Fredericton recently. The event was presented by Farm Management Canada and welcomed more than 170 participants from across Canada to hear from experts and exchange insights on topics currently affecting farm businesses. The conference theme was Cultivating Resilience. From left: Joerg Zimmermann, chair of Farm Management ...

Visit to agriculture learning laboratory at Oromocto High School

Premier Blaine Higgs and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore visited the agriculture learning laboratory at Oromocto High School recently. The initiative provides students with an opportunity to learn about agriculture through practical experience. From left: Wetmore; Higgs; student Tyler Carr; and Andrew Mathis, a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick who is working with the students ...

Annual premier's open house event

Economic Development and Small Business Minister Mary Wilson (left) and Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore took part in the annual premier's open house, which was held on Dec. 4 in Fredericton.

Ambassador of Norway visits New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) met with Anne Kari H. Ovind, Norway’s ambassador to Canada, on Nov. 26, in Fredericton. Norway is an important importer of New Brunswick seafood with many opportunities to expand. Discussions focused on market opportunities as well as a number of areas of mutual interest including ocean economy, research and aquaculture.

Meeting with South Korea’s ambassador

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore met with South Korea’s ambassador to Canada Maeng-ho Shin and other business representatives in Fredericton on Nov. 25. Thanks to recent efforts, South Korea has now become New Brunswick’s second-largest lobster market. During the meeting, discussions focused on ways to solidify relationships and further increase exports. In October, Wetmore was in South Korea ...

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take our kids to work is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada during which students step into the working world for a day. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Grade 9 students had the opportunity to accompany a parent/guardian, family friend or volunteer host to the workplace for the day. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Natural Resources ...

National French Fry Day

National French Fry Day was celebrated on July 13 at Potato World in Florenceville-Bristol. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and department staff participated in the festivities, promoting the province’s locally sourced food products.

Minister visits Shediac Lobster Festival

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore attended the Shediac Lobster Festival on Wednesday and enjoyed part of a 69-metre (226-foot) lobster roll assembled by a team from the community. The giant lobster roll, which surpassed the team’s record from previous festivals, contained 77 kilograms (170 pounds) of lobster meat, 24 heads of lettuce and 16 litres of dressing sauce.

New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre dives into the 2019 tourist season

The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan opened for the season with a public celebration on Sunday, June 2. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore; Roger Robichaud, director of Fisheries and Strategic Initiatives at the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; and Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Robert Gauvin.

Visit by federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) and Energy and Resource Development Minister Mike Holland (right) met with federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. Issues discussed included crab fishing season and opening more lakes for recreational fishing.

Visit by federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (right) met recently with federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Topics discussed included increasing agriculture in New Brunswick; the importance of supply management in the dairy sector; attracting new farmers, including immigration; and how Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada could participate in the aquaculture industry.

Consul general of Japan visits New Brunswick

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) and Economic Development and Small Business Minister Mary Wilson (right) met with the consul general of Japan, Osamu Izawa. Issues discussed included seafood exports, blueberries, cranberries and opportunities in the information technology industry.

66th Annual Carleton County Spring Show and Sale

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore (left) visited the 66th Annual Carleton County Spring Show and Sale. Among the participants Wetmore spent time with was River Valley 4-H club member Lane Findlater.

New Brunswick’s seafood industry well represented at Boston seafood show

More than 100 New Brunswick seafood producers participated at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America in Boston. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Canada’s Consul General in Boston, David Alward.

Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month

March is Canadian Agricultural Literacy Month, a time to encourage children to learn about and celebrate Canada’s agriculture and food story in various ways, including reading books about farming and food, watching videos and meeting with farmers and others in the agriculture industry. Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore visited students at École des Bâtisseurs in Fredericton.

Funding for awareness campaign of New Brunswick food products

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick, with funding from the provincial government, launched a public awareness campaign that emphasizes the benefits of buying local products. From left: Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore and Tim Livingstone of Strawberry Hill Farm in Pembroke.

Funding for fisheries sector projects

The provincial and federal governments are investing $1.9 million to help implement five innovative projects and new technologies in the fishing industry. The contribution comes from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which is funded by both governments and aims to increase opportunities and market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada. Participating in the announcement with ...

Investment in frozen lobster line at Paturel plant

The provincial government is investing $36,000 to help Paturel International Co. establish a frozen lobster production line at its facility on Deer Island. The project will allow the company to increase production and return more employees to work. From left: Stuart MacKay, general manager of Paturel’s operations on Deer Island, and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.

New Brunswickers encouraged to “Tap into maple syrup season”

Maple season is here and New Brunswickers are encouraged to take advantage of all the products and experiences the industry has to offer. Front row, from left: Grade 3 teacher Cheryl Smith and students from Priestman Street School. Back row, from left: Louise Poitras, executive director of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; ...

New guidebook to help producers utilize social media

A new guidebook has been issued to help farmers, fishermen, aquaculture producers, and other local food and beverage producers promote and market their products online. From left: Mike Bourma, president of the Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick; and Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Andrew Harvey.

New Brunswick products highlighted in China

Wild blueberries, salmon and lobster from New Brunswick are being spotlighted in China as part of efforts to expand markets in that country. On Monday, Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet visited the JD 7Fresh retail store operated by Chinese online retailer JD.com. As part of a promotion of foods from the province, Roy Vienneau ...

Delegation to promote trade, sign agreement in China

Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet will lead a delegation to China Jan. 14-20. The mission aims to strengthen ties with that country and to build on recent trade missions in the region.

Maritime Fishermen’s Union makes early repayment of loan

The Maritime Fishermen’s Union is giving $6.8 million to the provincial government to complete early repayment of an $11-million loan provided in 2010 to support the sustainability of the lobster fishery in eastern New Brunswick. From left: union president Carl Allen and Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.

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.