Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced details of a new agricultural advisory committee tasked with providing new perspectives on future growth for the sector. The Committee will include veteran agri-food industry leaders.

"Our agri-food business leaders know what's best for expanding the sector," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "I look forward to working with them on the issues that impact the industry, and how our government can help support the sector now and for the long term."

The Minister's Advisory Committee will be chaired by Randy Pettapiece, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"I would like to thank Minister Hardeman for asking me to serve as Chair of the Minister's Advisory Committee," said Pettapiece. "Our government wants to hear from leaders in the province's agriculture sector to ensure we approach the challenges we face in a way that reflects the needs of the sector."

The Minister's Advisory Committee will include three Vice-Chairs, who each bring decades of industry experience and knowledge from across Ontario's agricultural value chain to the table:

  • Keith Currie, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture
  • Norm Beal, CEO of Food and Beverage Ontario
  • Dave Buttenham, CEO of the Ontario Agri Business Association

The Committee will start meeting early in the new year, and will meet regularly to discuss issues that impact the industry. Their input will help ensure policies and programs foster economic growth without imposing additional regulatory burden or costs on farmers or agri-food businesses.

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