Under the Natural Products Marketing Act, the Farm Industry Review Board is responsible for the general supervision of the operations of the three Provincial supply-managed agricultural commodity boards (Chicken Farmers of NL, Dairy Farmers of NL and Egg Farmers of NL); hearing appeals filed by any person who is aggrieved by or dissatisfied with orders, decisions or determination of the commodity boards; and acting as a signatory to federal-provincial agreements for supply-managed commodities.
Under the Farm Practices Protection Act, the Board is responsible for hearing complaints from persons aggrieved by odour, noise, dust or other disturbances arising from agriculture operations, and may also study and report generally on farm practices.
The Board is accountable to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for its administrative operations, but is independent of Government in its decision-making.
The Natural Products Marketing Act requires that the Farm Industry Review Board shall consist of not less than five and not more than seven members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, one of whom shall be nominated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA). The Board reports directly to the Minister responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. Members of the Board are appointed for a three year term and are eligible for reappointment. The Board is supported by one permanent government employee, the Board Manager.
Those who make up the Farm Industry Review Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Members of the Farm Industry Review Board should be available to meet at least 3 times per year. On occasion, and sporadically, Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board meetings.
Members of the Board are appointed for a 3-year term and are eligible for re-appointment (at least 2 members shall be appointed for a two-year term). Membership continues notwithstanding the expiry of the member’s term until he or she is re-appointed or replaced.
Currently there are two vacancies on the Farm Industry Review Board. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.