Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 30, 2009 15:45 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to National Farm Products Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Phil Klassen as a member of the National Farm Products Council (NFPC).

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Klassen to the Council," said Minister Ritz. "Thanks to his over three decades of farming experience, as well as his strong background in producer organizations, Mr. Klassen will be an able addition to the Council in its ongoing work."

The NFPC plays a key role in the supply management system for poultry and eggs. The Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, eggs, and broiler-hatching eggs, ensuring they work best for both producers and consumers. These agencies implement and administer marketing plans, allocate production quotas and generate their revenues through levies.

In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency.

Mr. Klassen's appointment is for a term of two years and is effective immediately. A biographical note for the appointee is attached.

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Biographical Note

Phil Klassen

Phil Klassen operates a dairy, cow-calf, grain and hay farm near Herbert, Saskatchewan. He has operated the farm in partnership with his two brothers since 1976. In 1998, Mr. Klassen served as a delegate to Agrifoods International Co-operative Ltd. Shortly after that, he was elected a director of the Saskatchewan Dairy Foundation. Two years later, Mr. Klassen was part of a steering committee to amalgamate the dairy organizations in the province to form the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan. Elected as a director of the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan over the past seven years, Mr. Klassen served on many of the organization's committees and as its Vice-president. In addition, he has been a representative to the Western Milk Pool, the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee, as well as serving as a delegate to the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Mr. Klassen has also held positions as a director of Agriculture in the Classroom and as an observer with the board of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. As well, he served on the Saskatchewan BSE Advisory Committee. Active in his community, Mr. Klassen and his wife have raised six daughters and one son with a strong appreciation for farming.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary