NAPIERVILLE — La Coop Unifrontières held its first annual general meeting on Wed., April 4, at Les Salles du Boisé in Mercier for the fiscal year ending Nov. 25, 2017, which brought together more than 70 people. It is with pride that the board of directors of La Coop Unifrontières has announced a surplus of more than $3,542,000 and will pay its members a cash dividend of $428,104.

The event this year combined the annual general meeting with various conferences of grain trade, horticulture, agroforestry, Lactascan and pesticide law, that captured the attention of the participants. In the morning, the conference focused on digital agriculture both portal and smart farm, and was presented by Mr. Di Genova and Mr. Brassard of La Coop fédérée.

Mr. Di Genova presented all the benefits of the AgConnexion portal which will allow the cooperative’s farm customers to have access, at no cost and at any time, to various documents related to their business such as their invoices, their NMP, their analysis results and much more. Mr. Brassard, afterward, presented the AgConnexion Smart Farm platform in which customers, who have joined the latter for an annual cost, can find information and many tools such as: workbook, historical weather, real-time analysis results and more.

Cooperative customers who wish to learn more about AgConnexion are encouraged to contact their consultant. At the general meeting, three director posts expired in 2018. Thus, under the supervision of Claude Couture, president of elections, Sylvain Brault, Hugo Landry and Marc-André Van Winden were re-elected to their respective posts.

Regarding the contest Fonds coopératif d’aide à la relève agricole, La Coop Unifrontières had received the candidacy of Olivier Montpetit from Ferme Mojac in Beauharnois. Montpetit was declared winner of the competition for the 2018 edition.

Sylvain Brault, president of the cooperative, took the opportunity to highlight the involvement of Bruno Castagnier on the board of directors of La Coop Unifrontières who had to withdraw for health reasons. He also thanked Marc Quesnel, former president of La Coop AgriEst, for his dedication within the cooperative network.

It was at the very end of the meeting that Bruno Dubuc, executive director of La Coop Unifrontières, announced to the members that he would make a transition to retirement during the year 2018. Dubuc has been part of the coop network since 1980 when he began his career as executive director at the S.C.A. of Saint-Polycarpe.