Farmers Forum staff
TORONTO — Elmwood-area milk producer Mark Hamel has been elected chair of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) board.
He replaces the outgoing Murray Sherk, who completed his final term as chair and retired as member for Oxford and Waterloo (Region 8). Hamel, representing Bruce and Grey (Region 11) and serving as vice-chair since last year, got the nod from his peers at a special Jan. 18 board meeting after DFO’s 2024 annual general meeting.
In other board elections, Region 10’s Roger Boersen became vice-chair and Region 5’s Don Gordon became 2nd vice-chair.
The board’s newest member, Tavistock-area producer Pete Overdevest, assumed his spot in the Region 8 seat vacated by Sherk.
The board’s corporate secretary Arlene Minott and treasurer Rey Moisan were reappointed to their respective positions.
The 12-member board acts on behalf of the province’s supply-managed 3,200-plus dairy farms. DFO employs a staff of about 80.