Canadian farm council appoints poultry specialist
Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced the appointment of Mike Pickard as a member of the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC).
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.
A resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Mike Pickard owns a broiler chicken operation, while at the same time, serves as a director with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
Formerly, he also served as a director with the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan (2007-13) as well as the Chicken Farmers of Canada (2008-13). His appointment is effective immediately for a term of three years.
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