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  • Dundas County's Bill Smirle named head of National Farm Products Council

    OTTAWA - Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, announced Jan. 31 the appointment of Bill Smirle of Morewood in North Dundas Township as the new Chairperson of the National Farm Products Council (NFPC). Ritz also announced the appointment of Marjorie Donnan and re-appointment of Juliann Blaser Lindenbach as members of the Council.

    "I am pleased to announce these appointments to the NFPC," said Ritz. "Mr. Smirle's leadership skills and agricultural experience will serve him well as Chairperson of the NFPC. Ms. Donnan will bring to her position a valuable understanding of farm marketing systems, and I look forward to Ms. Lindenbach continuing her important contributions to the work of the Council."

    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.

    Smirle's term ends Feb. 14, 2010. Donnan's term ends Aug. 23, 2010. Lindenbach's reappointment is for one year. All the appointments are effective immediately.

    Smirle resides in Morewood where he is a partner in the family dairy farm.

    He worked for 37 years in the education system, 21 of which were spent as a principal with the Ottawa Board of Education. He is on the board of the Chesterville and District Agricultural Society and is a director on the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce.

    In addition, he was active in municipal politics, with terms as Deputy Mayor of North Dundas (2003-2006) and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties' Councillor from 2003 to 2006). Smirle's history of community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Winchester District Memorial Hospital from 2003 to 2006 and co-chairing the hugely successful "Renewing the Vision" fund-raising campaign for the hospital.

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