Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 02, 2013 19:46 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to the Farm Products Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Debra Etsell as a member of the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC).

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Etsell to the Farm Products Council of Canada," said Minister Ritz. "I'm confident that Ms. Etsell's hands-on farming experience and passion for seeing the sector grow will be an asset to the Council's work."

The FPCC plays a key part in Canada's supply management system for poultry and eggs. Created in 1972, the Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, eggs and broiler hatching eggs. These agencies establish and allocate production quota, promote products, raise funds through levies and license marketers. In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency. Until 2009, the FPCC was known as the National Farm Products Council.

Ms. Etsell's appointment is effective immediately and is for a term of three years. A biographical note is attached.

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Biographical Note

Debra Etsell

Debra Etsell has been in the agriculture industry for approximately 25 years. Ms. Etsell is the director of Coligny Hill Farms Ltd., an Abbotsford, British Columbia farm where she along with her husband and two sons, currently produces turkeys, hay and wine grapes. Ms. Etsell's passion for agriculture has also led to working with various farm organizations. Since 2007, Ms. Etsell has been with the B.C. Blueberry Council and is currently its Executive Director. Ms. Etsell has also worked for the B.C. Agriculture Council as well as the B.C. Raspberry Industry Development Council.

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    Jeff English
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