Keith Currie, a Collingwood-area hay and sweet corn farmer, was acclaimed as President of the OFA at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, returning for his second one-year leadership term for OFA’s 37,000 farm members. 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.
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 Grow Canada Conference in Ottawa.
Attending an Eco-Ag meeting with Minister Hardeman in Toronto.
Attending the Ontario Chamber of Commerce annual business awards banquet in Toronto.
Attending OFA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Attending the Canadian Fertilizer Institute evening reception at Queen’s Park.
Attending the Ontario PC Party Policy Convention in Toronto.
Attending a Farm Property Tax meeting with OMAFRA in Guelph.
Attending the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity Public Trust Summit in Gatineau, Quebec.
Attending the Eco-Ag Leadership meeting in Guelph.
Attending OFA’s Eastern Summit meeting in Brockville.
Attending the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Reducing Red Tape Roundtable for the food processing sector in Toronto. Following the roundtable meeting, Keith will be attending the University of Guelph evening reception at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Attending the Agriculture Institute of Canada conference in Ottawa.