Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Elections coming for veggie board

There will be an election this fall for four directors to a revamped marketing board for processing vegetable producers.

The board is currently under management by former agriculture minister Elmer Buchanan who is also vice-chairman of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Board.

Complaints from processors and a number of bankruptcies and the Heinz company leaving Leamington prompted the government to act.

Now Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal says he will appoint four directors to serve with Buchanan until the elections this fall.

The government will continue to appoint the chairman of the board.

The terms for the four elected directors will be staggered and there will be a limit on how many consecutive terms a director may serve.

The proposed changes to the marketing board’s regulations will be posted for a 45-day comment period.