Clint Cameron, shown here, is the new OFA Director for Zone 11. Courtesy Photo

CARDINAL – Clint Cameron of Grenville County has been elected as Zone 11 (Dundas, Frontenac, Grenville and Leeds) Director for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). Since being formed in January 1936, the OFA is a grassroots organization that provides information and support to farmers, farm organizations and the provincial government in this province.

“I would like to continue to advance the OFA’s contribution to the people in District 11 and Ontario,” commented Cameron during an interview with The AgriNews. He explained the OFA is able to provide members with many benefits which include educational and financial resources specially designed for agricultural enterprises, as well as information on government agriculture policies.

Growing up on a horse farm operated by his parents, Cameron attended South Grenville High School in Prescott and graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1989. He also studied at the Smith School of Business at Queens University.  For a few years he worked at Wet Corn Milling in Cardinal, but remained close to his agricultural roots in Grenville County and in 2016 founded a family business, Cameron Agricultural Service, Inc. He also serves as a director on the Grenville Federation of Agriculture, Egg Farmers of Ontario and on the Ag Energy Co-operative as an OFA liaison and is a member of the Johnston Port of Management Committee. 

After attending the 2023 Ottawa Valley Seed Show, organized by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, he began to consider becoming more involved in the OFA.  Upon learning Zone 11 Director Jackie Pemberton was planning to retire and receiving enquiries as to his interest in serving in this capacity, he investigated the possibility of his seeking election to this office.

Cameron spoke to and received support from Pemberton as well as local agricultural organizations including the Grenville Federation of Agriculture, following which the decision to seek election as Zone 11 Director at the November 2023 OFA annual general meeting was made.

He explained the time commitment required to serve as an OFA director consists of attending and preparing for the monthly meeting as well as county meetings and serving as a member for the committees of the organization. Cameron serves as a member of the Finance Committee and the Energy Committee of the OFA. 

As he begins his term as a board director of the OFA, Cameron is looking forward to serving, noting how the organization offers a wonderful opportunity to encourage collaboration, provide information and advocate for agriculture in Ontario.