Keith Currie, a Collingwood Ontario-area 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 family members. He is the organization’s 31st President. Currie has more than 25 years of experience with OFA and agricultural advocacy, which began with an appointment to the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, where he held numerous positions including President from 2004-2006. He has served on and chaired many local and provincial agriculture organizations as well as many conservation initiatives during his career.
Currie’s career in advocacy has led to numerous appointments to provincial government advisory panels such as the 2015, 4-Plan Review Panel: a review of significant land use plans in Ontario, and recently to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Minister’s Advisory Panel.
In February of 2019, Currie was elected as the First Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) at the CFA annual meeting in Ottawa.
With a diploma in Agriculture Production Management from Ridgetown College, Currie returned home to the Collingwood Ontario family operation, 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.
Attending the Grow Canada Conference in Calgary.
Attending OFA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Attending the Perth County Federation of Agriculture Gala in Stratford.
Attending the Food & Law Policy Conference at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
Attending the Canada 2020 meeting in Ottawa.
Attending an OFA Audit Committee meeting in Guelph.
Attending a meeting with The Co-operators in Toronto.
Attending the Canadian Federation of Agriculture board meeting in Ottawa.
Attending the Farm & Food Care Harvest Gala in Guelph.
Attending a Northumberland Federation of Agriculture annual meeting and OFA regional meeting in Northumberland County.
Attending a meeting with the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction in Guelph.
Attending a meeting with OMAFRA/Agricorp in Guelph.
Attending a meeting with FCC Ontario Leadership Team in Guelph.
Attending the Renfrew Federation of Agriculture annual meeting and OFA regional meeting in Renfrew County.
Attending a Co-Leap Implementation meeting before travelling to Madoc to attend the Hastings Federation of Agriculture annual meeting and OFA regional meeting.
Attending the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at Burnbrae Farms in Woodstock.
Attending a meeting with Farm & Food Care Ontario in Guelph.
Attending a meeting with OMAFRA during the day and travelling to Caledon in the evening to attend the Peel Federation of Agriculture annual meeting and OFA regional meeting.
Chairing the OFA board of directors meeting in Guelph.