Keith Currie, a Collingwood-area hay and sweet corn farmer, was acclaimed as President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, returning for his third one-year leadership term for OFA’s 38,000 farm members. Currie is the organization’s 31st President. His inaugural election as OFA President occurred at the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Prior to his role as President, Currie was the organization’s Vice President from 2013-2016. His 25+ years of experience with the OFA began with an appointment to the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, where he held numerous positions including President from 2004-2006.
Currie is the First Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) after being elected into the position at the 2019 CFA annual meeting in Ottawa.
With a diploma in Agriculture Production Management from Ridgetown College, Currie returned home to manage an eighth-generation dairy and cash crop farm in Simcoe County with his wife Janice and four children. The dairy herd was dispersed in 2003 and the operation now focuses on production of grains and oilseed, forages for dry hay, along with a sweet corn and gladiolus flower production.
Currie has served as Director on the Simcoe County Holstein Club where he served as County Delegate for Gencor, member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Simcoe District Co-Operatives, Simcoe County Milk Producers, Stayner Farmers Co-Operative and the Collingwood Agricultural Society. Currie previously served as the Board Chair of AgScape (formerly Ontario Agri-Food Education) and is a member of the Healthy Waters/Healthy Futures review committee for Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
Attending the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) Annual General Meeting in Marden.
Chairing the OFA Board of Directors meeting in Guelph.
Attending a meeting with Minister Hardeman in Guelph.
Attending a Niagara College Innovation Tour in St. Catherines.
Attending a meeting with ECO-Ag in Guelph. Later in the day, Keith will be traveling to Ottawa for a meeting with Minister Bibeau.
Attending a Niagara Escarpment Commission Review Committee meeting in Georgetown.
Joining Newstalk 1290 as a guest on the Ask the Experts radio segment. Keith will be discussing OFA’s Producing Prosperity in Ontario campaign and the need for distributing economic development opportunities across the province.
Attending the OFA Executive Committee meeting in Guelph.