By Tom Collins
THAMESVILLE — The new president of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) wants to have more unity among the board, staff and districts.
Clarence Nywening, who was elected president on Dec. 1, said there needs to be more of a team approach for the almost 4,100-strong membership.
Nywening defeated former president and Kenilworth sheep and rabbit farmer Lorne Small.
Nywening was a director last year and a CFFO board member for about 10 years.
“We’ve got a lot more strength in the districts and we don’t utilize them properly,” Nywening said. “I’m hoping we can work toward getting more young farmers involved for input. Just give a lot clearer direction from our members so they feel like they have a voice. We’ve got work to do in that area, getting back to our grassroots ideals. So that’s what I’m going to strive for.”
Nywening and his wife Pat run a broiler-breeder and cash crop farm at Thamesville.