About Us

The Elgin Federation of Agriculture is a member based county affiliate of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), one of Ontario’s general farm organizations. The general purpose of the EFA is to lobby to improve the economic and social well-being of farmers in Elgin County, provide members with information on agricultural issues and to increase public awareness of agriculture and the food system.

Objectives

  • To develop and consolidate farmer opinion for the promotion of any activity within the County which will improve on the welfare of the individual farmer, farm family or the farming industry.
  • To bring the viewpoints and concerns of the membership to the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for policy development and action and, in turn, to interpret OFA policy so developed to all members in the County.
  • To facilitate the transfer of information of concern to the farming industry, to all farmers in the County.
  • To act as the Elgin County affiliate of the OFA furthering the interests and welfare of county farmers and the farming industry.
  • To represent the farmers’ interests in all areas of the municipal, provincial and federal policy-making process in the county.

Membership

All Registered Farming Business Members and Individual Farm Members of the OFA residing in or owning land in Elgin County shall be ordinary members of the EFA.  They shall have the right to vote at all general meetings and to hold office but not the right to vote at meetings of the EFA Board of Directors.

Directors

  • Ed Ketchabaw (President)
  • Melissa Schneider (Vice President)
  • Fons Vandenbroek (Past President)
  • Don Miller
  • Pete Agar
  • Donna Lunn
  • Rick Howe
  • Steve Walsh
  • Sandra Alblas
  • Garrett Vanderwyst
  • Anita Provoost
  • Maryjo Tait

Board meetings are held at the office on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 8:00 p.m. Members are welcome to attend!

Committees

Taxation Committee

  • Fons Vandenbroek
  • Steve Walsh
  • Ed Ketchabaw
  • Donna Lunn

Policy Advisory Council (PAC)

  • Fons Vandenbroek
  • Melissa Schneider

Local Food Strategy

  • Donna Lunn

Local Food for Local People

  • Donna Lunn
  • Don Miller

Local Food Association

  • Donna Lunn
Waste Oil Recycling
  • Don Miller
  • Pete Agar
Farm Forum
  • Fons Vandenbroek
  • Rick Howe
  • Melissa Schneider

 Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

  • Steve Walsh
  • Rick Howe

Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiatives (GLASI)  

  •  Steve Walsh

Land Division

  • Donna Lunn
  • Don Miller
  • Fons Vandenbroek
  • Steve Walsh
  • Ed Ketchabaw
  • Melissa Schneider

Upcoming Events

  1. Farm Tour: Native Pollinator Habitat on Farms

    August 9 @ 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  2. Elgin Holsteins Show

    August 11 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  3. Elgin County 4-H Dairy Show

    August 12 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Photo Gallery

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