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Farmers meet to protect agriculture lands, attract younger generation
 
Farmers gathered in Fredericton this past week to brainstorm ways to attract young farmers, secure farmland and get more government support.
 
It was part of the annual meeting and conference of the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick.
 
"We just want to see agriculture become an even more important cog in the provincial economic wheel and we're just trying to find for ways to improve our position to do that," said Bathurst-area dairy farmer and alliance president Michael Bouma.
 
"We've been trying for over 20 years to get something in place to protect the agricultural lands of New Brunswick against development and stripping and so on, and it's an ongoing concern," he told Shift New Brunswick on Thursday.
 
A lot of producers this year were feeling the effects of lower rainfall this year, he said, making it tough for some farmers to grow enough crops. Bouma said coming together is good for farmers to organize themselves and decide on common interests.
 
Source : CBC