Excellence Award in Pork Production 2009: The Fédération des Producteurs de Porcs du Québec Honours Two Talented Researchers from Université Laval

    LONGUEUIL, QC, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - At an official ceremony at the
Université Laval that took place today with the dean of the Faculty of
Agricultural and Food Sciences, Mr. Jean-Paul Laforest in attendance, the
Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec (FPPQ) presented two Excellence
Awards in pork production, to Ms. Marie-Edith Côté-Robitaille and to Mr.
Christian-Alexandre Castellano, students in Animal Sciences.
    Valued at over $14 000 each, the awards were presented by FPPQ member of
the Board of Directors and president of the Committee on Research and
Development, Mr. Jocelyn St-Laurent. The sum will allow recipients to finish
their work and to submit their thesis. "I am very proud to offer these
awards," states Mr. Jocelyn St-Laurent. "As a pork producer myself, I
understand the direct impact that this research has on our work and its
significance on advances in the field of production."
    "For over ten years," added FPPQ president Mr. Jean-Guy Vincent "the FPPQ
has been presenting deserving students with Excellence Awards. It's due to
passion, perseverance, and to the discoveries made by these researchers that
we can offer a quality product that sets us apart from our competitors in
foreign markets."
    Masters student Ms. Marie-Edith Côté-Robitaille received $18 000 for her
research project on "The Impact of Different Micronutrients on the Development
of Neonatal Hyperhomocystemia in Piglet." Exceptionally, doctoral student Mr.
Christian-Alexandre Castellano also received an award for the amount of $14
500 for the outstanding quality of his research project on "The Importance of
Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Biotin on the Metabolism of Sperm Fatty
Acids, the Quality of Semination and the Reproductive Performance of Boars."
    "The faculty is extremely proud of the success of its students," declared
Jean-Paul Laforest, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences,
"especially because this recognition of their achievements comes directly from
our partners in the field. The transfer of technologies and knowledge from the
University to production is carried out first and foremost by our students and
graduates who, with their enthusiasm and scientific curiosity, are poised to
become major innovators."


    The FPPQ's Excellence Awards are given to Masters students in pork
production. The goal of the award is to promote applied research in pork
production, to help financially with the education of researchers and to
improve knowledge in various fields of research related to pork production.
The Excellence Award has a maximum value of $25 000. The awards are based on
merit with competing candidates evaluated directly by producers. The award
criteria is as follows: the quality of students' academic record, aptitude and
experience, the quality of the study or of the research project and lastly,
its relevance to the needs of pork producers.


    The Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec represents the
interests of 3 900 producers from 12 regional syndicates. Pork producers raise
7.5 million hogs annually generating 1.5 billion dollars in revenue benefiting
every region in Québec and employing 24 000 people. Sixty percent of pork
produced in Québec is exported to over 75 countries. www.leporcduquebec.qc.ca

    Photos taken during the ceremony are available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Fortin, Public Affairs Advisor,
Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec, (450) 679-0540, extension 8542,
sfortin@upa.qc.ca; Source: Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec

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