2017 competition for the Ordre national du mérite agricole

La Coop fédérée highlights agri-environmental excellence

Montréal, September 29, 2017 – La Coop fédérée would like to congratulate the winners of the Prix La Coop fédérée à l’agroenvironnement, who were honoured this evening on the occasion of the gala for the Ordre national du mérite agricole (ONMA).

“La Coop fédérée is proud to highlight the passion of Quebec’s agricultural producers who have adopted best agri-environmental practices and who have distinguished themselves by the excellence of their work and their passion for agriculture. We also believe that innovation, a spirit of openness, entrepreneurship and solidarity, will ensure the long-term viability of today’s organizations, and those of tomorrow as well,” noted Ghislain Gervais, president of La Coop fédérée.

The Top Winners
This year, the regional winners in the Prix La Coop fédérée à l’agroenvironnement are Ferme Sylvain Laquerre inc., from the Capitale-Nationale region, and Les Vergers du Cap de la Chaudière-Appalaches. We are also pleased to announce that the national winner this year is Ferme Sylvain Laquerre inc. We would like to congratulate the farm, which has distinguished itself thanks to its particular attention to the agri-environment and its innovative management practices.

The enterprise of Sylvain Laquerre, Noëlline Dusablon and Maxime Laquerre, Ferme Sylvain Laquerre inc. in Saint-Casimir has 109 kg of milk quota for its herd of 136 dairy animals. They also crop 160 hectares of farm land on which they rotate corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa.

About the Prix La Coop fédérée à l’agroenvironnement
Awarded each year since 2006 on the occasion of the gala for the Ordre national du mérite agricole, this prize is given to contestants eligible for the ONMA competition, regardless of category, and who have a score of at least 90% in the segment for environmental protection.

About La Coop fédérée
Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec, the only pan-Canadian agricultural cooperative and the 24th largest agri-food cooperative in the world. It represents more than 90,000 members grouped into nearly 70 cooperatives with operations spread out in several Canadian provinces. It employs more than 12,000 people and has annual revenues of $6.3 billion. Including affiliated cooperatives, La Coop fédérée has nearly 18,000 employees and combined sales $9.2 billion. Its activities are separated into three Divisions: Olymel S.E.C (under the Olymel, Flamingo and Lafleur banners), the AgriBusiness division (under La Coop, Elite, Agrico and Agrocentres banners), and Groupe BMR inc. (under the BMR, Unimat, Agrizone and Potvin & Bouchard banners). For more information, Twitter: twitter.com/LaCoop_federee.

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Source :
Ben Marc Diendéré
Senior Vice-President, Communications, Public Relations and Brand Management

Media inquiries :
Valérie Bourdon
Communications Advisor
514 235-1579 | valerie.bourdon@lacoop.coop