Har­bour Main farmer new head of fed­er­a­tion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Lo­cal agri­cul­ture pro­duc­ers elected Eu­gene Legge as their new pres­i­dent at the New­found­land and Labrador Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture AGM in Gan­der March 11-12.

Legge is a chicken farmer based in Har­bour Main and has been in­volved in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try since 1966. He takes over the po­si­tion from out­go­ing pres­i­dent Merv Wise­man.

“I look for­ward to tak­ing on the chal­lenge and em­brac­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties in this grow­ing in­dus­try,” Legge said be­fore thank­ing the mem­bers for their sup­port.

“I ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate pro­vid­ing them with a strong voice for the in­dus­try that has be­come syn­ony­mous with our or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The an­nual AGM and sem­i­nar en­ti­tled Keep­ing Good Things Grow­ing! drew about 100 del­e­gates and pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers, gov­ern­ment per­son­nel, guest pre­sen­ters and fed­er­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives to net­work.

The New­found­land and Labrador Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture is an or­ga­ni­za­tion, which rep­re­sents farm­ers and farmer groups in the prov­ince. They feel that by shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and speak­ing with a united voice, farm­ers can work more ef­fec­tively for the bet­ter­ment of the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try and for the im­prove­ment of the prov­ince as a whole.

The agri­cul­ture in­dus­try pro­vides ap­prox­i­mately 6,200 jobs in the prov­ince and has pri­mary and a value-added pro­duc­tion worth over $500 mil­lion.

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