TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Cattlemen's
Association were honoured today to host the Premier, acting in her
capacity as Minister of Agriculture and Food, at their annual banquet.
"Premier Wynne's decision to attend our AGM and Award Banquet was a
wonderful way for our new board to start the year," said OCA President
Dan Darling. "Our members understand that the Premier is coming off one
of the busiest months of her life. The fact she could adjust her
schedule to spend the evening listening to cattle farmers speaks
volumes to her commitment to ensure her government reconnects with
rural Ontario," Darling added.
Also present at the banquet were Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal and
Parliamentary Assistant of Rural Affairs, Grant Crack. A large number
of MPPs attended including Opposition PC Critic and Former Minister
Ernie Hardeman and NDP Critic John Vanthof.
Joining Dan Darling for an informal meeting with Premier Wynne before
the banquet were Amy Cronin, Chair of Ontario Pork; Judy Dirksen,
President of Ontario Veal and Henry Van Ankum, Chair of Grain Farmers
The four farm leaders took the opportunity to express their great
support for Ontario's Risk Management Program and they informed the
Premier of their desire to continue to work with the government to
ensure the program meets the ongoing needs of Ontario's farmers.
The Ontario Cattlemen's Association (OCA) is a grassroots organization
representing 19,000 beef producers in the province and provides
leadership to cattlemen from all sectors of the industry. OCA is
involved in a wide range of issues that are of concern to Ontario's
beef producers. These include industry sustainability, trade, animal
health, environment and animal care. In addition, OCA works closely
with other sectors of the agriculture and food industries on matters of
SOURCE: Ontario Cattlemen's Association
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