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Chair of Soil Conservation Council of Canada honoured

Indian Head, Sask., Nov 18, 2008:

A long-time champion of soil conservation has earned lifetime recognition for broad contribution to agriculture. Eugene Legge, Chair of Soil Conservation Council of Canada, has been inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.

"Our organization is established as the face and voice of soil conservation in Canada, and no one represents that better than Eugene Legge," says Doug McKell, Executive Director, Soil Conservation Council of Canada. "At a time when soil conservation is gaining in profile as a critical part of agriculture's future, this recognition of a producer who is a true soil conservation champion is particularly fitting."

Legge has long experience as a successful farmer and industry leader who has promoted stewardship practices both in Atlantic Canada and at a national level through service to many organizations and committees, including past president of the Newfoundland Federation of Agriculture, vice chair of the Newfoundland Chicken Marketing Board and director and alternate for Chicken Farmers of Canada.

Legge runs ChrisDarMarFarms, near Harbour Main, Nfld., which includes a major chicken operation he shares with his youngest son Darryl, producing over 800,000 birds per year. He has served as Soil Conservation Council of Canada chair since 2004.

"Eugene has shown a commitment to moving agriculture forward and working at many levels of the industry to promote improvement and get things done," says McKell. "This approach is consistent with his work in soil conservation, where he is a strong advocate for good soil management as a cornerstone of an industry that continues to evolve to meet challenges for both economic and environmental sustainability."

Legge's lifetime of experience in agriculture began growing up on the family farm and working as a summer student with Newfoundland and Labrador Farm Products. Following his high school graduation 1969, he worked full time with his father for several years before establishing his own farm in 1973. He expanded in 1985 with the establishment of ChrisDarMarFarms.

Among his additional service to the industry, Legge has chaired the Canadian On-Farm Food Safety System, was president and treasurer of the East Coast Contract Growers Association and represented the Canadian Federation of Agriculture on the Animal Welfare Committee. He also chaired the Agri-Adapt Council, the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture, and the Atlantic Farm Council and the Eastern Soil and Water Conservation Center.

Legge has also served as team leader for the Taking Charge team in Newfoundland and provided support for other Taking Charge teams in Atlantic Canada. The Taking Charge teams were responsible for delivering the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture and Canadian Agricultural Producers Addressing Environmental Issues. Legge has also mentored future leaders in agriculture as a volunteer with Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers Program.

The Soil Conservation Council of Canada was formed in 1987 to provide a non-partisan public forum at the national level for soil conservation. Using a grassroots approach combined with the scientific, technical and practical experience of its members, it works with government and private industry, individuals and non-government organizations to address soil degradation and facilitate exchange of information across Canada.

More information on the Soil Conservation Council of Canada is available at

For more information, contact:

Doug McKell, Executive Director
Soil Conservation Council of Canada
Indian Head, SK
Ph.: (306) 695-4212