OFA wraps up annual meeting

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture wrapped up it’s annual meeting in Hamilton on OTuesday.

Farming 2020: Adapt and Grow was the event theme that saw more than 300 agri-food industry leaders, volunteers and politicians discuss how to move the industry forward, address issues and concerns, vote on resolutions, vote for leadership and listen to informative guest speakers.

While Keith Currie was voted to serve his fourth term as the organization’s 31st president, voting delegates re-elected Peggy Brekveld and Mark Reusser to the vice president positions.

Drew Spoelstra was elected by the board as the fourth executive member.

Teresa Van Raay, a hog and crop farmer in Dashwood was voted by the membership to join the board as a director-at-large for a three-year term.

And Paul Vickers, a Griersville dairy farmer and Zone 2 director for Bruce and Grey, also joins the OFA board of directors to represent members in his area for a three-year term.

The Ontario Young Farmers’ Forum was held in conjunction with OFA’s AGM, welcoming more than 60 young farmers to the event. More support for young farmers was shown at the event with three educational bursaries awarded to Ontario post-secondary students pursuing a career in agriculture.