The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) has elected a new chair and vice-chair.
Vegetable grower Shawn Brenn, who previously served one year as vice-chair, is now chair of OFVGA, succeeding apple and blueberry grower Charles Stevens. Brenn co-owns a fourth-generation family farm that grows potatoes, onions, cilantro, dill, corn, soybeans and wheat as rotation crops on about 2,300 acres. He is also chair of the Ontario Potato Board and vice-chair of the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) advisory committee for agriculture and horticulture.
“Food inflation will be a key issue for the year ahead, as will our governance review and building out our communications strategy,” says Brenn. “We’re also going to keep the momentum going with the More than a Migrant Worker initiative.”
Asparagus grower Mike Chromczak is the new OFVGA vice-chair. He also chairs the safety nets section.
Meanwhile, Tracy Gubbels joins the board as director representing Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG).
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