Peggy Brekfeld is the new president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, taking over from Keith Currie who retired.
Brekfeld is a dairy farmer from near Thunder Bay and has been vice-president for six years.
Mark Reusser, a turkey farmer from the Waterloo Region, was re-elected vice-president and Drew Spoelstra is new to his role as the other vice-president.
Spoelstra is part of the family that runs Roy-A-Lea Seeds Ltd. of Binbrook, near Hamilton. The business includes dairy and cash crop farming. Spoelstra has been on the executive team for four years.
The executive was elected by the OFA’s 18-member board of directors instead of the entire membership. The change in election protocols was approved during the annual meeting, held via the internet.