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OFA’s Kamenz to head marketing commission

The past-president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is taking the reins of the province’s Farm Products Marketing Commission.

Geri Kamenz, who grows crops and raises livestock at Spencerville, about 80 km south of Ottawa, was named chairman of the commission Thursday by Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky.

“Mr. Kamenz brings broad agricultural knowledge and proven chairing skills to the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission,” Dombrowsky said in a release.

“He’s already shown his commitment to moving agriculture forward and this appointment will benefit producers and their processor-partners in our regulated marketing system.”

Kamenz has also sat on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s environment and science committee and the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council.

The OFPMC, operated through the provincial ag ministry, is accountable for the conduct and impact of Ontario’s regulated marketing system. Ontario currently has 21 marketing boards and four representative associations, the province noted.

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