The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) have elected a new executive board for the upcoming year.

Andre Harpe will take a spot as the new chair, and William van Tassel and Brendan Phillips as vice-chairs.

Harpe, who farms in Valhalla Centre, Alta., says he looks forward to continuing the organization’s rich history of representing grain farmers across the country.

“Our new executive team will continue to push an ambitious agenda, and advocate for the needs of our critically important sector to policy makers and legislators,” says Harpe.

The GGC board is also sending thanks to outgoing chair Jeff Nielsen, and vice-chair Shane Stokke, for their service to the organization.

Nielsen has been on the GGC executive since 2015, and served as chair for the past two years. Originally appointed to the GGC board in 2015, he also served as vice-president.

Nielsen says he is confident about the future of GGC going forward.

“When I look at my time here, I think I am going to be most proud of how we all came together to remake this organization in a way that worked for everyone,” reflects Nielsen. “I would like to thank everyone on the board, staff, and leadership team for their commitment, and dedication.”

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