Feds fi­nally show

Fed­eral min­is­ter at­tend­ing farm meet­ing for first time in 75 years

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY STEVE SHAR­RATT

The fed­eral Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture is fi­nally com­ing to at­tend the an­nual meet­ing of the P.E.I. Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture.

It’s only taken 75 years, but that drought will be bro­ken to the de­light of the largest farm or­ga­ni­za­tion on the Is­land.

The fed­er­a­tion will host its an­nual meet­ing on Jan. 29 in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts.

High­lights of the day, other than guest speaker MP Lawrence Ma­cAulay, will also be a pre­sen­ta­tion on the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of mu­nic­i­pal amal­ga­ma­tion and fo­cus on the Wa­ter Act.

“While we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate that both min­is­ters of agri­cul­ture are able to make it, I be­lieve it is a first for the fed­er­a­tion in its 75-year his­tory to have the fed­eral min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture in at­ten­dance,” said PEIFA man­ager Robert God­frey.

“Both he and (pro­vin­cial) Min­is­ter Alan McIsaac will pro­vide for a very in­ter­est­ing lun­cheon and we hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble are able to make it out to hear their thoughts.”

God­frey said the fed­er­a­tion is de­lighted to mark such an an­niver­sary and noted it is a tremen­dous feat for any or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We have weath­ered a world war, the green rev­o­lu­tion, the ad­vent of the com­puter and the In­ter­net, plant dis­eases such as PVYN and potato wart, mad cow dis­ease and oth­ers.”

God­frey said the or­ga­ni­za­tion has worked with 14 pro­vin­cial pre­miers and 13 prime min­is­ters and re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments.

“We are mark­ing this mile­stone at our ex­cel­lence in agri­cul­ture ban­quet that evening where we will be show­cas­ing a short video that fea­tures in­ter­views with many of our mem­bers cel­e­brat­ing our 75-year his­tory.”

Ma­cAulay

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