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OFAC, AGCare Come Together


September 1, 2011
By Jim Knisley


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Sept. 1, 2011 – Two Ontario agricultural coalitions are uniting bringing together the crops, horticulture and livestock sectors.

Sept. 1, 2011 – Two Ontario agricultural coalitions are uniting bringing together the crops, horticulture and livestock sectors.
Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) and Agricultural Groups Concerned about Resources and the Environment (AGCare) will become a single new group January 1, 2012.
The amalgamation was endorsed at a meeting August 26, 2011.
John Maaskant, Chair of the Ontario Farm Animal Council, said this new organization will be better able to answer consumer questions about food and farming in the years to come.
An interim Board of Directors consisting of representatives from both groups has been elected for a term between January 1, 2012 and the organization's annual meeting in April of 2012. At that annual meeting, a new board of 12 will be elected by the membership and will consist of four livestock directors, four crop directors and four directors at large. The new organization will also have two advisory councils – one focusing on animal care issues and the other on the environment. Nominations to those councils by members will begin shortly.
For more information: Crystal Mackay, AGCare and OFAC Executive Director, Phone: 519-837-1326, extension 223. Email: cmackay@ofac.org

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