Grain Farmers of Ontario names Brendan Byrne as new chair


Grain Farmers of Ontario has elected its new board chair.

Brendan Byrne is the director for District 1 (Essex) and has served on the board since 2015. He farms with his father and family in Essex County.

GFO represents Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers.

“I’m honoured to be elected the next Chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario board of directors and commit to building upon this organization’s 10 years of being a dedicated, strong voice in agriculture,” Byrne says. “I look forward to advocating for the broad, varied spectrum of all of our farmer-members to ensure they have opportunities to build successful family businesses in Ontario that produce high-quality, locally grown grains that are nutritious and affordable across our province, nation and internationally.”

Byrne replaces Markus Haerele, who served as chair for three years.

GFO has also announced its board executive. In addition to Byrne, Jeff Harrison, director for District 12 (Durham, Northumberland, Kawartha, Peterborough, Hastings) and Scott Persall, director for District 5 (Elgin and Norfolk) will serve as vice chairs, and Josh Boersen, director for District 9 (Perth) is the executive member.

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