Amy Cronin is the new chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
The Bluevale pork producer was recently appointed by Ernie Hardeman, Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Why it matters: The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is responsible for the workings of farm organizations and their marketing powers in the province and as such its decisions have significant effect on farmers.
Cronin and her husband Mike run hog farms in Ontario, Iowa and Missouri. They have grown their business from a single, 600 sow farm to a 22,000 sow operation in multiple jurisdictions that employ over 120 people. She is a past chair of Swine Health Ontario and Ontario Pork. She has served as chair of the Ontario agriculture minister’s Agriculture Growth Steering Committee and vice chair for the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre. She’s a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program and CTEAM.
Cronin succeeds Jim Clark, who was the last chair of the commission. Valerie Gilvesy has served as interim chair since November. Cronin’s appointment is for two years.
The rest of the commission’s members include Valerie Gilvesy, vice chair, Robert Anderson, Bette Jean Crewes, Dan Cohoe, Cameron McWilliam and Ralph Dietrich.
The OFPMC is responsible for making difficult decisions, such as the on-going saga related to changes to marketing of processing vegetables.