2018 Executive Committee named

GUELPH – Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, announced in mid-February that Markus Haerle was named the new Chair of the Board.

Markus Haerle is Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Director for District 14.  “Grain farming has a powerful legacy, but is also some of the most progressive agriculture you will find. I look forward to serving as Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario and to advocating on behalf of grain farmers in Ontario, and across Canada,” said Haerle. “It is vital that we continue to showcase the important work being done by grain farmers and to create strong ambassadors for this group.”

GFO also elected a new Executive Committee. GFO’s Vice-Chairs are Brendan Byrne, Director for District 1, and Mark Huston, Director for District 2. Scott Persall, and Director for District 5, will hold the position of Executive Member.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is also celebrating the work and leadership of departing Chair, Mark Brock. Brock remains a Director for District 9. In his three-year term as Chair, Brock was a respected voice for grain farmers and has served as an important advocate for programs such as the 4Rs nutrient stewardship, sustainability, business risk management, and has been an important advocate for grain farmers in policy discussions with our provincial and federal governments.

“Mark is a phenomenal leader and we are privileged to have worked with him. We know he will continue to be an important advocate and champion for farmer-members as a District Director and representing GFO on various organizations” said Barry Senft, CEO, GFO.