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New horticulturist at AgraPoint

January 22, 2010  By Fruit & Vegetable

Jan. 22, 2010, Kentville and Truro, N.S. – Farmers, agri-businesses and industry associations related to horticultural crops now have a new specialist to call on for development and production advice.

Effective April 12, 2010, Rachael Cheverie will join AgraPoint as a horticulturist working from its Truro office. She will start part-time in mid- March. Although based in Truro, she will be dividing her time between the Truro and Kentville offices at peak growing seasons.

“We are so excited to be bringing such a seasoned and well-respected professional onto the AgraPoint team,” said Findlay MacRae, AgraPoint’s chief operating officer. “Rachael’s well-rounded horticultural skills, including her extensive experience in potatoes and integrated pest management for a wide range of crops, will mean she is positioned to have an immediate and positive impact on the province’s horticultural industry.”


Cheverie will be working closely with AgraPoint’s other horticulturists to become integrated and engaged in all the horticultural sectors.

Cheverie has a MSc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, with a focus on entomology. From 1998 to 2007 she was the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist for P.E.I., in which role she dealt directly with farmers and industry groups and covered a whole range of crops. In 2007 she was appointed as the P.E.I. Department’s potato industry coordinator, coordinating research, training and extension activities for that important industry. During her time in P.E.I. she was P.E.I.’s Minor Use Coordinator, and served on various regional and national expert committees.

“I am thrilled to be working with primary producers in the horticulture sector once again,” said Cheverie. “And, I look forward to sharing ideas and working towards a prosperous future with our local agriculture community.”


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