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First Quebec member named to Conservation Hall of Fame

Indian Head, Sask, March 31, 2005:

A tireless supporter of the soil conservation movement in eastern Canada has been inducted as the first Quebec member of the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame.

Odette Ménard, an agricultural engineer from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec became the first female member of the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame at ceremonies held in conjunction with the 19th annual general meeting of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) held recently in Quebec City. Ménard is the 18th member to join the Hall of Fame since it was established in 1990.

Award presentation

From left, Doug McKell, SCCC executive director; Jocylen Michon (incoming QC board member); Odette Menard; Daniel Guay (retiring QC board member); and Eugene Legge, SCCC president.

"Her tireless efforts in promoting soil conservation and her dedication to this cause earned her the respect of producers and fellow agrologists in Quebec," said Eugene Legge, SCCC president. "Her efforts, which have contributed greatly to increased awareness and adoption of soil conservation practices, led to her nomination for the Hall of Fame."

Ménard has been instrumental for years in promoting soil conservation throughout southwestern Quebec. She has been active on many committees, boards and producer clubs where soil conservation issues have been raised and promoted.

Actively involved at the producer level, Ménard helped establish a no-till network among producers, was involved in developing informational fact sheets and has helped organize meetings, conferences and information sessions for producers and crop advisors.

She was also instrumental in creating a no-till drill rental program for producers, and a database that compares the economics of various tilling practices. As well she established a regional soil conservation hall of fame for producers.

"Odette Ménard is a dynamic and well-respected person who has the ability to promote soil and water conservation in a simple and efficient manner, " says Jocelyn Michon, incoming SCCC Quebec director. "She has shown that reduced tillage allows for a better environment and increases the sustainability of the farm operation. No one deserves this SCCC award more than Odette."

Ménard's photo and conservation slogan will be placed on the "wall of fame" in the Sir John Carling Building at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada complex in Ottawa.

(Editor's Note: A photo of the Hall of Fame award presentation is available upon request by contacting Meristem Information Resources at (403) 543-7420 or by email at

For more information, contact:

Jerome Damboise
Jean Louis Daigle
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
Grand Falls, NB
Phone: (506)475-4040

Odette Ménard
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Phone: (450) 778-6530, ext. 232