Former Newfoundland and Labrador ag minister Derrick Bragg honoured following passing


Farm groups in Newfoundland and Labrador have posthumously recognized the province’s former ag minister two days after his passing.

Derrick Bragg served as Newfoundland and Labrador’s minister of fisheries, forestry, and agriculture from 2021 to mid-2023 when he announced he’d been diagnosed with tongue cancer.

He passed away on Monday, Jan. 22 at 59 years old.

On Wednesday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture recognized Bragg with its Outstanding Contribution to the Agriculture Industry Award during the federation’s annual Agriculture Industry Symposium in Grand-Falls Windsor.

“Minister Bragg was a fine gentleman and very good at putting people at ease in conversations. As a backyard farmer himself, he took every opportunity to highlight the hard work and resiliency farming requires, and never missed an opportunity to meet with farmers to learn what he could about their operations,” said Lee Noel, chair of Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, which nominated Bragg for the award.

“Local farmers who knew Minister Bragg liked him because he listened to them. He spent time visiting farms and learning about their issues and challenges in order to be a strong advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador farmers. He was a vocal supporter of the agriculture sector and worked hard to provide opportunities to advance the industry,” added Wayne Simmons, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture. “We are proud to recognize Minister Bragg for this award because he was a great agriculture minister and a great person, and he will be missed. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture would also like to express our condolences to Minister Bragg’s family at this difficult time.”

Elvis Loveless, who replaced Bragg as ag minister, gratefully acknowledged the Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture industry’s recognition of Bragg’s contributions to agriculture.

Bragg’s passing and contributions were also acknowledged this week at a meeting of ag ministers from the four Atlantic provinces in Prince Edward Island. The ag ministers from PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Bragg’s home province extended their condolences to Minister Bragg’s family and friends, and to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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