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CFA names new vice-presidents

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has elected farm leaders from Ontario and British Columbia as its new first and second vice-presidents.

Cattle producer Ron Bonnett of Bruce Mines, Ont. was elected first vice-president after being defeated in the CFA’s first contested election for president since 1985. Former Union des producteurs agricoles president Laurent Pellerin is the CFA’s new president.

Bonnett is a former president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and current president of Beef Improvement Ontario.

Garnet Etsell, a turkey producer from Abbotsford, B.C., was elected the CFA’s second vice-president, also during the federation’s annual meeting this week in Ottawa.

Etsell, a CFA board member, is also chairman of the B.C. Agriculture Council and a former president of the B.C. Turkey Growers Association.

Etsell, who’s also an accountant and chief financial officer of the Friesen Group of Companies, is also a member of the current B.C. Farm Assessment Review Panel.

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