PDZA Farm Fo­rum held in Val­court

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On Jan­uary 21st, the agri­cul­tural fo­rum of the Val-Saint-Fran­cois MRC was held at the Val­court golf club and at­tended by more than seventy-five peo­ple. Agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers, elected mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials, a MAPAQ Estrie rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and in­ter­venors worked to­gether to find ac­tion plans to de­velop the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try on the ter­ri­tory. Themes such as the next gen­er­a­tion, man­power, agro-tourism, food trans­for­ma­tion and mar­ket­ing were dis­cussed. Mini-con­fer­ences were pre­sented by Fran­cis Bi­sail­lon (be­gin­ning farmer), Do­minic Pear­son (Bull’s Head), and Marie-Chan­tale Houde (Fro­magerie Nou­velle-France).

“It was an in­ter­est­ing day, full of in­spir­ing ideas. The MRC and the com­mu­nity will work hard, to­gether, in the com­ing years. The con­cerns of the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity have been heard,” com­mented Luc Cayer, mayor of Stoke and the pre­fect of the Val-Saint-Fran­cois MRC.

The PDZA (Plan de de­vel­oppe­ment de la zone agri­cole) of the Val-Saint-Fran­cois MRC is sup­ported by the Que­bec Min­istry of agri­cul­ture.

Agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials work­ing to­gether dur­ing the PDZA agri­cul­tural fo­rum held in Val­court last Thurs­day.

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